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.endorse...
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 misunde...
“...the problem of attention-span.
  To understand something--an essay,
  an argument, a proof of innocence--
requires a c...
issues of legitimacy?
“The fear is that, by forging a path
between the ... Weberian defence of the
state and the democratic Habermasian
defence ...
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




                      ...
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 cou...
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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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  1. Participation & Open Data Lee Bryant, Social Strategy Talk, Amsterdam, October 2009
  2. The Twentieth Century is over, but its political structures live on
  3. Slow shift from old, tired ideological battles to solving problems & delivering services
  4. smart government = bigger (inclusiveness) but smaller (bureaucracy)
  5. this is our time and I think ‘we’ can do better
  6. But even Obama’s call to ‘We’ is still more rhetoric than reality
  7. We face problems that governments cannot solve alone
  8. We face problems that multiply through networks
  9. We face problems of fragmentation, identity, belonging
  10. We need public services that can do more with less
  11. participation + open data are part of the answer
  12. Transparency Participation Empowerment http://www.endorsetheopendeclaration.eu/
  13. lessons of the social web
  14. (Simple actions * scale) ^ aggregation = potentially powerful network effects
  15. cost of group forming & collaboration falling all the time
  16. the power of feedback
  17. some use cases
  18. Make invisible data visible & leverage open data for improvement
  19. Participation & feedback can drive evolutionary improvement, enable co-design of services
  20. Participation & feedback can drive evolutionary improvement, enable co-design of services
  21. Participation & feedback can drive evolutionary improvement, enable co-design of services
  22. Treat government budgets as innovation funds & build solutions with people
  23. The DIY / guerilla approach to opening up government data & services pioneered by mySociety
  24. Why are governments not doing more?
  25. why are we still working at the edges whilst government “procurement” wastes millions ?
  26. contemporary critiques of transparency...
  27. “Transparency is the new objectivity” Some limits of transparency ?
  28. “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
  29. “...the problem of attention-span. To understand something--an essay, an argument, a proof of innocence-- requires a certain amount of attention.” Larry Lessig
  30. issues of legitimacy?
  31. “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
  32. limits to participation?
  33. Who do we not want to participate and why?
  34. Conclusion
  35. participation + open data are ready for the mainstream
  36. Key areas of focus for ecosystem online participation & open data projects filters co-design signals / data
  37. there are many forms of online participation
  38. We need to learn a lot more about different participation methods, & reach non-geeks better
  39. 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

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