News and blog

In the hot seat: Keira Oliver of Ingage Scotland talks through the need to think differently to see the change we want

29th August 2017 – Points of View

Increasing transparency, participation, and collaboration throughout government requires significant change. Moving away from traditional approaches to policy design and methods of working to more democratic alternatives requires us to think and behave differently, whilst not getting too frustrated with the long road ahead. Many of us are champions and change agents of open government, committed…

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What does open government offer the Global Goals?

28th August 2017 – Points of View

In being a member of the Open Government Partnership, Scotland is seeking a culture of governance that follows the principles of transparency, accountability and participation. This is the lifeblood of open government and we all know the importance of getting it right. Scotland was also one of the first governments to sign up to the…

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Letter to Caroline Nokes, Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency

22nd August 2017 – News

The steering committee of the UK Open Government Network has written to Caroline Nokes, Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency, welcoming her to post and calling on her to take a lead on open government.  Dear Caroline Nokes MP, Commitment to open government We write on the behalf of the UK Open Government Civil Society Network…

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Open Government Partnership: Reflections on our time in Washington

11th August 2017 – Points of View

By Emma Harvey (Scottish Government) and Paul Bradley (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations)   Last year, Scotland was accepted to be part of the Pioneer Tier of the Open Government Partnership, a pilot program consisting of 15 subnational governments with action plans to open up government throughout 2017. This handed Scotland a unique opportunity to show…

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2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 27 July 2017 | Meeting note

2nd August 2017 – Meeting notes, News

On 27 July 2017, members of the OGN’s steering committee and government commitment leads met to review the implementation of the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan and the UK OGP process. This note of the meeting was produced by the Cabinet Office. In addition, progress updates on commitments can be found at:  Attendees William Gerry…

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In the hot seat: Tom Youll of Shelter Scotland talks through building and inspiring digital communities

28th July 2017 – Points of View

Having returned from the Open Government Partnership in Washington – where CSOs and governments were promoting their use of tech to progress open government commitments – Shelter Scotland’s recent one day event aimed at bringing charities and the tech community together felt particularly relevant to the OpenGov Network. Tom Youll, one of the event hosts,…

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Lifting the curtain on open government – my first few months in post

24th July 2017 – Points of View

This post talks about some of the things I’ve been working on over the last five months, my initial thoughts about the network and forum in Scotland and invites you to support me in building this community of open government champions across Scotland.

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Who speaks for us?

7th July 2017 – Points of View

Written by Colm Burns, NI Open Government Network Chair When it comes to Brexit, who’s speaking for us? The short answer is “no one”, because our political parties have chosen to abdicate this responsibility. The DUP and Sinn Féin are clear on one thing: they have diametrically opposing positions when it comes to Brexit. Alliance,…

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ScopeNI – Making the Global Goals relevant for citizens

5th June 2017 – News

Written by Ryan Miller for ScopeNI Scope talks with the Northern Ireland Environment Link about their plans to improve awareness and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the major issues in the world would best be tackled by unity across national borders. When some of the truly global institutions set targets for…

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Grassroots Democracy Games & the UN Sustainable Development Goals – NI Special Schools having some serious fun!

2nd June 2017 – News

Pupils from three schools participated in a Democracy Games event at Parliament Buildings.  The session, organised by the Northern Ireland Open Government Network and the Grassroots Challenge, was based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  As well as having some serious fun, the event aimed to enhance political literacy by introducing pupils to party politics…

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