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Participation and Open Data

Participation and Open Data



Slides of a Social Strategy Talk given in Amsterdam, October 26, 2009

Slides of a Social Strategy Talk given in Amsterdam, October 26, 2009



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  • Hi! I came across it via a collection of data visualisations here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pushandplay/2968259379/ (as mentioned in the credits at the end of the deck). Sounds like an interesting project - will look into it a bit more.
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  • I noticed you have used a systems model map that abstractly describes the reasons why the UK are obese. I was invovled in the project and was wondering whether you found that diagram via shiftN who created it for the DTI Foresight Tackling Obesities project?
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    Participation and Open Data Participation and Open Data Presentation Transcript

    • Participation & Open Data Lee Bryant, Social Strategy Talk, Amsterdam, October 2009
    • The Twentieth Century is over, but its political structures live on
    • Slow shift from old, tired ideological battles to solving problems & delivering services
    • smart government = bigger (inclusiveness) but smaller (bureaucracy)
    • this is our time and I think ‘we’ can do better
    • But even Obama’s call to ‘We’ is still more rhetoric than reality
    • We face problems that governments cannot solve alone
    • We face problems that multiply through networks
    • We face problems of fragmentation, identity, belonging
    • We need public services that can do more with less
    • participation + open data are part of the answer
    • Transparency Participation Empowerment http://www.endorsetheopendeclaration.eu/
    • lessons of the social web
    • (Simple actions * scale) ^ aggregation = potentially powerful network effects
    • cost of group forming & collaboration falling all the time
    • the power of feedback
    • some use cases
    • Make invisible data visible & leverage open data for improvement
    • Participation & feedback can drive evolutionary improvement, enable co-design of services
    • Participation & feedback can drive evolutionary improvement, enable co-design of services
    • Participation & feedback can drive evolutionary improvement, enable co-design of services
    • Treat government budgets as innovation funds & build solutions with people
    • The DIY / guerilla approach to opening up government data & services pioneered by mySociety
    • Why are governments not doing more?
    • why are we still working at the edges whilst government “procurement” wastes millions ?
    • contemporary critiques of transparency...
    • “Transparency is the new objectivity” Some limits of transparency ?
    • “More information does not always produce markets that are more efficient … people may ignore information, or misunderstand it, or misuse it.” Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency
    • “...the problem of attention-span. To understand something--an essay, an argument, a proof of innocence-- requires a certain amount of attention.” Larry Lessig
    • issues of legitimacy?
    • “The fear is that, by forging a path between the ... Weberian defence of the state and the democratic Habermasian defence (a path manifest in the concept of 'civic hacking' that mySociety represents), that we get some hybrid of bureaucracy and democracy, that is neither quite as effective as the former, nor as empowering as the latter” Will Davies
    • limits to participation?
    • Who do we not want to participate and why?
    • Conclusion
    • participation + open data are ready for the mainstream
    • Key areas of focus for ecosystem online participation & open data projects filters co-design signals / data
    • there are many forms of online participation
    • We need to learn a lot more about different participation methods, & reach non-geeks better
    • Thanks for listening! I am lee@headshift.com I live at http://www.headshift.com Except where otherwise stated, photos courtesy of Flickr using Creative Commons license. Thanks to the following photographers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenpeace_italia/2430328823/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/markrjones/47761183/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/2174935053/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wili/1999071010/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyarmstrong/4035014763/in/pool-stopthebnp http://www.flickr.com/photos/arenamontanus/375127836/sizes/o/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pushandplay/2586461185/in/set-72157603886536530/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pushandplay/2968259379/ Other references: http://potlatch.typepad.com/weblog/2009/10/what-is-the-postbureaucratic-state.html http://www.tnr.com/print/article/books-and-arts/against-transparency