Points of View

OpenGov Encounters – Fiona Savage, Collaborate Futures and Nordic Enterprise Trust

18th December 2017

Job title: Director and Associate Org: Collaborate Futures and Nordic Enterprise Trust Location: Edinburgh Network Member since: Since the beginning fiona@fionasavage.co.uk How would you describe your job? Facilitator and catalyst applying the art and science of human emergence for Innovation & Change. Models include Spiral Dynamics, Art of Hosting, U.Lab, Holistic Management What does the concept of…



OpenGov Encounters – Anne Kidd, Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire

30th November 2017

We’re an interesting bunch of people spread right across Scottish civil society, so it’s about time we found out a bit more about each other. Who loves Oasis or hates Parma Violets won’t open government, but through OpenGov Encounters we’ll also find out what each other do, our reasons for getting involved in the network…



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…