Open Government Partnership: How to start the ball rolling…

After Tuesday’s #DigitalLunch on Open Government Partnership and ahead of Friday’s event in Belfast, for those of you thinking of how you might roll up your sleeves and get involved in making government smarter and more open, here’s your Survival Guide to OGP in Six Memos:

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 17.26.11Paul Braithwaite sets the scene on where we are

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 17.31.24Fred Logue  on what OGP is and what it isn’t

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 17.39.27Davy Sims on the critical importance of participation

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 17.40.56John Kellden on collaborative sense-making

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 17.45.55Matilda Murday on how to do it

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If you are keen to learn more and explore the possibilities of bringing OGP to Northern Ireland in Belfast on Friday, you can book yourself on here.  In the meantime, you can watch #DigitalLunch…

And/or download a copy of the OGP in Six Memos from Slideshare here

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  • sergiogiorgio

    Open government, participation, sense making… Northern Ireland….are you serious?

  • “Civil Society – society considered as a community of citizens linked by common interests and collective activity.”

    Does civil society only appear when there’s an external threat? At other times, a group forms to promote mutual interest, irrespective of the fate of those who are outside the group.

    “Open Government Partnership”

    Brussels, London, Dublin and Belfast all have a part to play here so ‘government’ should be in the plural. There are also civil servants, quangos and local councils – and paramilitaries. How do you acquire a taste for such unedifying potage?

  • Rapunsell

    may be right Nevin – but very cynical – is the point not that the UK government is a signatory and there is a UK action plan

    and the question is how does the government of Northern Ireland fare in respect of the commitments in this plan – if they are even aware of it – and what might be done to make sure they are both aware of it and taking action in respect of it – can’t see how that would be a bad thing?

  • Mick Fealty


    At #OGPDub the Minister made mention of websites run by two cousins. I don’t think he considered that day were civil society. I think I happen to know both cousins, we’ll they are not actually cousins but they are related and between them they have done extraordinarily transforming of work.

    Civil Society in these terms is not someone else. If you don’t have political power if you’re not connected to those who have political power, you are, de facto, part of civil society.

    If you are on the political end, there is an opportunity here for you too..

  • “you are, de facto, part of civil society.”

    Mick, the definition I’ve quoted refers to collective activity, not just to folks who happen to be citizens without political power or links to same. Sitting in the pub, moaning about politicians, doesn’t make you a member of civil society as specified in the definition.

    If I get up in time and don’t miss the train, I’ll be there tomorrow. 🙂

  • Mick Fealty

    Good man!!

  • Mick Fealty

    On the subject of “are you joking…?” I completely acknowledge where that sentiment is coming from. But here’s the thing. Who politically is against open government? Of course they may find a dozen ways not to do the thing. And within the rules of the game of politics that’s fine.

    But as Matilda points out in the digital lunch it doesn’t begin everywhere all the time. Some ministers may settle for doing doing less crappy policy and more meaningful policy.

    It has to start somewhere… We can only hope that those who choose such an approach will see some benefits accrue from it.

  • “Some ministers may settle for doing doing less crappy policy and more meaningful policy.”

    The ministers will toe the party line, especially those in the DUP and SF. As I’ve also illustrated previously, some ministers are involved in micromanagement as well as policy formulation and all ministers are absent from their Departmental Board despite the Treasury best practice stipulation that they should chair said boards. Even the independent board members have remained silent on this important governance issue.

  • Mick Fealty

    Nev, look at the ‘doing it’ slide above? Stay small work through the cracks… It may prove transformative over time but not overnight.

    The thing I find exciting is the possibility of raising new stories. And I don’t just mean new stories for Slugger O’Toole. I stopped live tweeting the Ardoyne riots after the second year.

    Why? Because it wasn’t a new story. It had become part of the political architecture. As are poor health outcomes, economic inactivity and low level educational outcomes (that the catholic do slightly better than is an inversion of the old Orange boast about poor Protestants getting slightly better jobs) in working-class Belfast.

    I would hope, although there is no guarantee that sharing government data openly can help rears new stories and suggest practical and actionable solutions to some of these problems.