Points of View

Coming soon: a different Scotland network – get involved!

14th November 2017

A few months back I blogged some reflections on my first few months in the network. I asked you to influence our work in the following months, and through individual meetings, network workshops and profiles, you have! Whilst a growing membership bodes well for the future of Scotland’s Open Government Network and any future open government action…


OGP Civil Society Global Leaders Workshop: Reflections on my time in The Hague

2nd November 2017

Last week I attended the Civil Society Global Leaders Workshop in The Hague, a meeting of 21 civil society representatives from across the world. Led by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and hosted by Hivos, we spent three days interacting with civil society members of the OGP Steering Committee and the Civil Society Engagement team;…


Trust: the tool of all tools to end poverty

17th October 2017

This blog on why trust is needed between government and civil society to make Scotland poverty-free was written for The Poverty Alliance for this year’s Challenge Poverty Week. It becomes clear after flicking through the pages of Poverty in Scotland that the knowledge base exists to tackle poverty. We also know this simply through the everyday…


The Funding Revolution that gives power to the people

16th October 2017

(via ScopeNI) Written by Nick Garbutt Why can’t local people get to decide how money invested in their communities is spent? Like all powerful ideas it is simple, obvious and hard to contest. After all residents know what the needs of a community are because they live there. They are therefore just as much experts…


Collaborating to progress open government in Scotland

3rd October 2017

Collaboration between government and civil society is at the heart of the Open Government Partnership. Without it, trust will go wanting and success hampered by the lack of a strong guiding coalition maintaining the sense of urgency and vision we need. Success will not occur overnight, but we must work to improve this partnership.   Last…



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

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…


What does open government offer the Global Goals?

28th August 2017

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…


Open Government Partnership: Reflections on our time in Washington

11th August 2017

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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