Northern Ireland




Participatory Budgeting

23rd March 2016

Open Government NI’s second event as part of Imagine! Belfast’s festival of politics and ideas took place in the Mac. Such a pity to see the condition of the building as it is now, covered in scaffolding and looking quite sad but it didn’t deter from our morning, hearing about and practising the concept of Participatory…


Imagine!Belfast and Opengovni

23rd March 2016

Imagine ! The Belfast festival of ideas and politics came to an end last weekend. From all accounts a very successful week. Opengovni had two events, both of which were well attended. Both were interesting and entertaining and both introduced new ways of looking at the problem of governments withholding both information and data. The…


Open Government: People can re-engage with politics. And politicians may be able to break the deadlock.

18th February 2016

http://sluggerotoole.com/2016/02/18/open-government-people-can-re-engage-with-politics-and-politicians-may-be-able-to-break-the-deadlock/ David McBurney and Jonathan Bell (NI Open Government Network) argue that the growing gap between citizens and government can be bridged by a more open, generative approach to involvement in government monitoring and participation in policy making.  There is a growing distance between people and their representatives and a general disaffection with politics. We are faced…