Upcoming BBLs: Publishing Content + Women and Civic Participation

We've got two upcoming Brown-Bag Lunch (BBL) sessions that you should definitely join us for. 

  • Wednesday, May 16th, 12.30-2pm: Publishing Content: If not in PDF, then what? It is widely agreed that publishing in PDF is the wrong way way to go; however, the right way is not always as clear. Long HTML pages? Blog series?
  • Wednesday, May 23rd, 12.30-2pm: Women and Civic Participation. What are the existing challenges and opportunities for women to become more participatory in the civic process? How does the legislative process affect women? 

And remember, they are BBLs, so don't forget to bring your lunch.

Accountability Lab’s Executive Director wins Echoing Green Fellowship

We are excited to announce that Accountability Lab's Executive Director– Blair Glencorse– has been selected from among thousands of applicants as an Echoing Green 2014 Global Fellow.


Through its fellowship program, Echoing Green seeks to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Over the past 25 years, it has invested over $31 million in seed funding in nearly 600 social entrepreneurs (Echoing Green Fellows) and their innovative organizations across the globe. The program has provided critical, early-stage support to acclaimed organizations, such as Teach for America and Citizen Schools, and we are happy to see that this leader in the social enterprise field has added accountability to its agenda.

Accountability Lab believes that a lack of accountability is at the root of all development challenges—including poverty, exclusion and instability. 2.6 billion dollars (more than 17 times what the world spends on international aid) and countless opportunities and lives, are lost each year due to corruption. The Lab works to empower citizens to change the status quo and build tools for integrity and anti-corruption in their communities.

The Lab's small but committed team looks for innovative local change-makers (or as we call them “accountapreneurs”) and provides them the catalytic support they need to develop low-cost, high-impact ideas to hold power-holders accountable. Recent initiatives include the development of the first ever film school in Liberia; and a popular portal to crowd-source information on public services in Nepal. Last month, the Lab also led the development of an OpenGov Hub in Nepal to encourage a collaborative movement for change. In addition, the Lab is reinventing the way that organizations can function through radical transparency; oral reporting that fits the context; creative outreach campaigns; and alternative revenue models.

During the two-year Echoing Green fellowship, Blair will receive $80,000 in funding to support the work of the Accountability Lab, participation in leadership development gatherings, and access the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. This support will allow the Lab to scale-up existing initiatives in Liberia and Nepal; expand to other contexts in West Africa and South Asia; build out earned income streams to support sustainability; and improve monitoring and evaluation processes. We are excited to see the growth that this fellowship opportunity will bring.

As Blair notes, “recognition from Echoing Green shows how far our work has come, but we have a long way to go. This is only the beginning of our efforts to build a movement for accountability around the world.”

Huge congratulations to Accountability Lab and to Blair! We're so happy to have you here at the OpenGov Hub.

Triangulating the OpenGov and Social Innovation Communities

By Christina Crawley

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The open government and social innovation communities have a lot in common - so we’ve decided to bring them closer together. 

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As of today, the OpenGov Hub and the Centre for Social Innovation are teaming up to provide traveling workspace for their members across all locations. Individuals and organizations working out of the OpenGov Hub’s Washington, DC or Kathmandu, Nepal spaces, or any of the Centre’s locations in Toronto or New York City, can now benefit from a number of free workday passes at each other’s community spaces.

Based on the great karma and connections we’ve been able to cultivate at the OpenGov Hub with our 29 groups in Washington and 5 groups in Nepal, we’re excited to see what further connections, collaboration, and inspiration we can gain from the Centre’s members in New York City and Toronto. And to boot: we’re looking forward to hanging out at each other’s very cool digs!

More about our communities:

The OpenGov Hub physically collocates historically distinct but like-minded communities of practice under a single shared physical workspace in downtown Washington, DC and Kathmandu, Nepal. The OpenGov Hub is the day-to-day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities.

The Centre for Social Innovation is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation with locations in Toronto and New York City. It is a coworking space, community, and launchpad for people who are changing the world –providing members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact. Together, the Centre is building a movement of nonprofits, for-profits, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists working across sectors to create a better world.

Book Launch: Closing the Feedback Loop - Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?

Thursday, June 19th - from 3:30–5:00pm 
World Bank Main Complex - Room MC 13-121
1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC


Join us for the book launch of "Closing the Feedback Loop - Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?" The book explores the theoretical linkages among empowerment, participation, transparency, and accountability. It showcases methods for community and crisis mapping worldwide, provides cases of citizen feedback mechanisms, and analyzes the World Bank’s experiences in ICT-enabled citizen engagement. 

If you can join in person: be sure to stick around for the reception afterwards.
If you cannot join in person: no problem; the event will be live streamed.

Learn more about the book and RSVP for June 19th.

Brown Bags, Happy Hours, and World Cup 2014: June 9-19

Another great line-up of events coming up over the next few weeks.

June 9th, 5.30-8pm

Party! OpenGov Hub Launch Party

There are only a few tickets left on the waiting list for what promises to be quite the party! See you there for the festivities.


June 11th, 12.30-2pm

BBL: Disaster Apps Challenge

Overview of the Disaster Apps Challenge Competition with the Center for Technology and National Security Policy.


June 16th, 6-8pm

Happy Hour: Watch USA vs Ghana with IRI and friends

Learn about International Republican Institute (IRI) youth partners and their work + watch the USA vs Ghana game (link goes live on Friday, June 6th).


June 18th, 12.30-2pm

BBL: Technology and the Social Sector

How can technologists and people working in the social sector learn from each other to make technology projects more effective?


June 19th, 12.30-2pm

BBL: Law School Transparency

Join us for a discussion with the founder and Executive Director of Law School Transparency to speak about his work and its importance.