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Sign open letter on Scotland’s commitment to the SDGs

12th January 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

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…

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Scotland OGN End of Year Newsletter 2017

22nd December 2017 – News, Scotland

Quick question! Are you ready to shape Scotland’s new Open Government Action Plan? We’re always told to end the year with a plan, and our early Christmas present to you is confirmation that the Scottish Government has committed to developing a new Action Plan in 2018. As we wind down for the holidays, I wanted…

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UK OGN End of Year Newsletter 2017

22nd December 2017 – News, United Kingdom

Welcome to the End of Year Newsletter! As the end of December approaches, let’s take a look at some of the open government highlights of 2017!   Current National Action Plan The UK Open Government Network (OGN) collaborates with and challenges governments in the UK to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms through the…

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Media release: The Ferret is set to expand in 2018

22nd December 2017 – News, Scotland

Some good news for Christmas! The Ferret, Scotland’s investigative journalism platform, is set to grow fast in 2018 after winning funding for business growth and community engagement. Social enterprise funder Firstport has awarded The Ferret a Build It grant. This will be targeted at growing and engaging The Ferret’s membership to ensure the business is…

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

18th December 2017 – Points of View, Scotland

Job title: Director and Associate Org: Collaborate Futures and Nordic Enterprise Trust Location: Edinburgh Network Member since: Since the beginning 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…

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Scotland Open Government Network Meeting Notes, 8 November 2017

12th December 2017 – Meeting notes, Scotland

The November meeting of Scotland’s Open Government Network – focusing on OGP Action Plan progress and network next steps – took place on Wednesday 8th November. The meeting provided an opportunity to directly interact with the Open Government Partnership’s Independent Reporting Mechanism and to shape next steps in the development of Scotland’s Open Government Network. The…

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In the hot seat: Paul Nelis of SCDC talks through the need for participatory budgeting to become the norm

5th December 2017 – Points of View, Scotland

I met up with Paul Nelis, Development Manager at the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC), to get his thoughts on participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland and what more can be done to ensure PB becomes the new norm. Should PB feature in a future open government action plan and if so, what should the focus…

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2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 30 November 2017 | Meeting note

4th December 2017 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

On 30 November 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. You can read the commitment updates here: Attendees William Gerry, Government Digital…

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OpenGov Encounters – Anne Kidd, Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire

30th November 2017 – Points of View, Scotland

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…

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Scotland Preliminary Review 2017 – For Public Comments

24th November 2017 – News, Scotland

We invite you to comment on the Independent Reporting Mechanism’s 2017 Preliminary Review for Scotland’s OGP action plan. The two-week public comment period will close on 30 November 2017. In 2016, OGP started a pilot program for subnational participants. The program consists of 15 subnational governments who submitted action plans and signed onto the Subnational Declaration at the…

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