10 days ago I ran a session at OGP civil society day about the future of Open Government (or as I like to call it - Rant for a positive future).
Below are some of the ideas that came up in that session:
- Linking and leveraging with other initiatives to achieve greater results.
- Now what? Civic monitoring not only related to National Actions Plans, sustained with small percentage of funding.
- We need to call out Open Washing
- Empowering individuals legislatures / elected officials.
- Opinions != Facts
- Dependencies of politicians & businesses
- We need fact checking
- Rebirth of the Socratic dialogue
- For OGP, the first five years have been about quantity, next five years should be about quality.
- Now what? Local based processes. Cities involved in subnational OGP is not enough.
- OGP needs to connect more deliberately with international processes (SDG, FFD, etc.)
- Use innovative ways to share data
- Government to engage the youth to support government openness.
- Be proactive to share data CSOs
- Share knowledge within government institutions to avoid duplication - reinventing the wheel.
- Clarify engagement and action opportunities for civil society with OGP and for opposition parties.
- Engagement of the EU institutions
- OGP needs to “Speak” to the citizens, adapting its communications tools and vocabulary / bridging the civil society and citizens gap.
- A strategic planning event with CSO steering committee participation in a near future OGP, what’s next?
- More educational programs - Civic educations
- Learn from other’s experience and build on lessons learnt.
- We need to make OGP more sexy! (Link with other related agendas, better comms, better citizen language).
- Better coordination of national society.
- Democratic participation digital tools (eg. Parliament hackathons)
- Clear and coordinate M&E framework to track changes over time
- Integrating OGP into the national development agenda
- How to sustain in the long term a municipal civil society monitoring ecosystem?
- Solution: Every local context have project funded with public money.
- Every (almost) project funded have correction issues.
- Use a little part of the budget to the project to fund civic monitoring actions.
If any of these are interesting or you just want to comment on them, please do so on this thread.