Points of View

Why #reimaginedemocracy? Next week’s conference in Belfast will show us the way

5th March 2018

Ruchir Shah from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations explores why we need to #reimaginedemocracy for 2018 On Thursday March 15th next week, a stramash of people frustrated with the way political decisions are made will descend on the Mac in Belfast. They will be binded by their concern for democracy, and the way in…



Know your network: Janine Rennie

23rd February 2018

  Job title: Chief Executive Org: Wellbeing Scotland Location: Falkirk Network Member since: June 2017 Contact me at: janine@wellbeingscotland.org  How would you describe your job to a child? Being in charge of quite a big charity with lots of different jobs and looking after people who have been harmed. What does the concept of open government…


Know your network: Bruce Ryan

23rd February 2018

Job title: Associate Researcher; webmaster and minutes secretary for 3 Edinburgh community councils Org: Edinburgh Napier University Location: Edinburgh Network Member since: I forget! Contact me at: b.ryan@napier.ac.uk How would you describe your job to a child? I try to understand how people use computers to work together to make local things happen. When they…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Environmental governance and democracy in Northern Ireland

14th February 2018

Written by Jonathan Bell UN Sustainable Development Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This Goal implies a link between strong and accountable Institutions and the realisation of sustainable…


Know your network: Andreas Pavlou

5th February 2018

Job title: Network Lead Org: Involve Location: London Network Member since: October 2017 Contact me at: andreas@involve.org.uk How would you describe your job to a child? I help bring together people who want to change the UK to make it more open and fair. What does the concept of open government mean to you? Open government to…



Know your network: Ruchir Shah

29th January 2018

Job title: Head of policy and research department, and director of Open Government Pioneers Project UK Org: Scottish Council for voluntary Organisations Location: Edinburgh Network Member since: 2016 Contact me at: ruchir.shah@scvo.org.uk     How would you describe your job to a child? Who is the president of the free world? Is he making the world…


Know your network: Linda Jane McLean

27th January 2018

Job title: Retired (I think…but still doing lots on Social Care) Org: Arac Location: Nigg, Tain, Highland Network Member since: June 2017 Contact me at: researcher513@gmail.com How would you describe your job to a child? I find ways to help people to live in their own homes longer. That  means that they enjoy life better and  have…


Sign open letter on Scotland’s commitment to the SDGs

12th January 2018

We need your support! In 2015, the First Minister confirmed that the Scottish Government would be one of the first anywhere in the world to commit to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, both at home and overseas. Since then, all 193 UN member states have signed up to the 17 goals that seek to…