Mesh Conference Open Government Workshop


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What do we mean by open government? How is the web making new forms of governance and social innovation possible? Participate in this highly interactive workshop where facilitators Mark Kuznicki and Daniel Rose guide participants through an intense collaborative exploration of these topics. Together, participants will create physical and digital artefacts of their work together and leave a legacy that lives on after the mesh Conference is done. If you’re a technologist, designer, communicator, policy-maker, social entrepreneur or armchair policy wonk, we’re looking for you to help.

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Mesh Conference Open Government Workshop

  1. 1. What is Open Government? #mesh09 #opengov Mark Kuznicki & Daniel Rose Mesh Conference, April 7, 2009
  2. 2. Expectations • Not answers; a framework & questions • Work together and share results with everyone • Roll up your sleeves and draw
  3. 3. Your Work Using only shapes and lines, how would you communicate the concept of quot;Open Governmentquot; to someone who doesn't speak the same language as you? (ie. no words) Take 5 minutes to complete your assignment on the index card provided.
  4. 4. Who are we? @remarkk @danielrose
  5. 5. What is Open?
  6. 6. Is Open > Not Closed?
  7. 7. Why Open?
  8. 8. The values of Open are everywhere, yet nowhere well defined
  9. 9. Why are we talking about Open at all?
  10. 10. The Web is Open (sorta, for now)
  11. 11. Anyone can connect to anyone, both data and code are open to inspection and remix
  12. 12. Open Data Now (Tim Berners-Lee)
  13. 13. What is Government?
  14. 14. Government ≠ Web
  15. 15. Government: the body with the legitimate authority to make rules and a monopoly on using force to compel others to obey
  16. 16. Open Web: anyone can connect to anyone, both data and code are open to inspection and remix
  17. 17. Government: the body Open Web: anyone with the legitimate can connect to authority to make anyone, both data rules and a monopoly and code are open on using force to to inspection and compel others to remix obey
  18. 18. Government
  19. 19. Open Web
  20. 20. Why Open Government?
  21. 21. Economist: the efficient & effective production of public goods
  22. 22. Political Scientist: a healthy democracy, vibrant public sphere
  23. 23. Afghan tribal warlords: Open Government?
  24. 24. Power (first you get the power)
  25. 25. Authority (Political) (Power + Legitimacy)
  26. 26. Legitimacy (who’s asking?)
  27. 27. Accountability (calling to account)
  28. 28. Responsibility (who and how assigned?)
  29. 29. Participation (who gets to participate and how?)
  30. 30. Transparency (More than FOI requests!)
  31. 31. Efficiency (decisions per hour? services delivered for taxes raised?)
  32. 32. Effectiveness (what’s the outcome?)
  33. 33. Public Services (just make it work)
  34. 34. Public Policy (the making of sausage)
  35. 35. Social Innovation (the Open Lab for Public Good?)
  36. 36. Examples
  37. 37. More Work Using the individual models of “Open Government” that you have each created combined with the information from Mark’s presentation, as a group create a new model of “Open Government”. + = Time: 20 Minutes.
  38. 38. Public Policy Power Public Services Transparency Responsibility Accountability Efficiency Legitimacy Effectiveness Social Innovation
  39. 39. All your materials are belong to us (not really) #mesh09 #opengov