After a populist vote not too dissimilar to Trump's, Britain is soon to be leaving the European Union, on a promise to relaunch a new era of free trade.
Javier Ruiz from the UK-based Open Rights Group (ORG) is visiting DC and will give an update on the situation. This will be with a view to start building stronger relations between civil society groups in the US and the UK, in order to better deal with any issues raised by this renewed strategic convergence.
After a populist vote not too dissimilar to Trump's, Britain is soon to be leaving the European Union, on a promise to relaunch a new era of free trade.
Working in energy and climate-related policy can be a hard and isolating job in DC, so come build fellowship and collaboration with others who work in this field. Join Climate Justice Alliance, as we share conversation, updates on important work, plus a few surprises. This is an excellent opportunity to share climate and energy policy work with each other and deepen our networks as we tackle difficult and complex issues.
Activists, researchers, policy experts, and lawmakers who are working to create a more just and sustainable world are all welcome. Feel free to share with your colleagues.
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Come gather at the meeting place for all things open gov to hear from some of our members about their latest work and to engage with our community. Drinks and snacks will also be provided.
Ignite Nights are fast-paced presentations that quickly convey a topic in 5 minutes. They're fun and informative to watch! We'll be hearing from:
Jean Scrimgeour, Accountability Lab
Cynthia Mellon, Climate Justice Alliance
Jennifer Lentfer, Thousand Currents
Tax season is here, so now is a great time to reflect on the state of your personal finances and gain tools and tips to help you set goals for your personal financial future. This workshop is specifically geared towards those who work in non-profits.
Join for this pro bono workshop (which typically costs $300) with Alvin Carlos of District Capital Management to:
Learn how to budget smartly, be debt-free, and increase your credit score.
Join us as we hear from Innovation Network, an evaluation and research consulting firm that specializes in advocacy and public policy evaluation and maintains a diverse client portfolio in the areas of health and health equity, social justice, and theory of change and evaluation planning. Using cases from their work, they will share an overview of how advocacy evaluation is used within the nonprofit sector, introduce some key tools—along with their strengths and limitations—and open a discussion about how these tools and strategies may be used in different contexts.
Join the Web Foundation and EveryoneOn for a screening of the documentary film, ForEveryone.net, followed by an interactive discussion about the future of the web and what we can do to defend the web we want — both in the US and abroad.
In the last decade, there have been significant numbers of civil society organizations working on ensuring the government becomes more transparent and accountable in Nigeria, while promoting a culture of citizen participation and engagement. This presentation will look at the metamorphosis of these organizations and how they have challenged the status quo using online and offline technologies. It will also look at challenges in the near future, and how international organizations can support their work.
The second installment in the “Democracy Dialogues” series presented by the Open Gov Hub, Global Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, and Transparency International.
This event seeks to explore why populism has emerged both in the United States and in Europe, and the relationship of populism to to various forms of corruption (including kleptocracy). It will also address the international linkages between populist sentiments spreading and between international money flows facilitating corruption across boundaries, and the ways in which Western governments or other actors may enable corrupt actors in other countries. We will explore ideas for how to counter populist narratives that enable corruption, both in Europe and at home here in the United States.
A reception will follow the event.
The Open Gov Hub, Global Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, and Transparency International are pleased to present this launch event for the new Defending Democracy: Lessons from Around the World program. Join us to learn from powerful efforts to uncover and counter the international linkages between corruption and kleptocracy across boundaries/ borders, as we hear from visiting civil society leaders from Russia and Tunisia and leaders from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which was heavily involved in the recent Paradise Papers leak.
This event is being organized by Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a Hub Member.
DISTRACT, DIVIDE, DETACH
Transparency and Accountability Amid the Closing Civic Space Debate
Many democracies are experiencing a resurgence of authoritarianism, to various degrees. One particular aspect of this is governments invoking transparency demands of CSOs to close down civic space. How can the transparency community respond? Join Transparency and Accountability Initiative in a conversation on the highlights of its latest report "Distract, Divide, Detach: Using Transparency and Accountability to Justify Regulation of CSOs".
Please RSVP by December 6 at http://bit.ly/2BddiAq.
You can also watch us live on Facebook. Like our page- @TAInitiative.
Recently the promotion of transparency, citizen participation and accountability has placed greater emphasis on the subnational level. This shift is based on the idea that local governments are closer to the citizens they serve, which means a better understanding of and greater potential for responsiveness to citizen needs.
At this event we will share reflections and lessons from two ongoing projects in open fiscal governance: Follow the Money in Mexico, implemented by Global Integrity, and Somos Chiantla in Guatemala, implemented by Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI).
Join your fellow global travelers at the Hub for drinks and a presentation from Justice Travel, a young startup social enterprise which bridges tourism and human rights that is seeking feedback on their new venture.
Please join us to help map undermapped areas in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Côte d'Ivoire in support of World AIDS Day. For the first time in modern history, we have the opportunity to change the very course of a pandemic by controlling it without a vaccine or a cure.
Many organizations are partnering for this year’s World AIDs Day Mapathon, including the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, the U.S. Department of State (MapGive), USAID (YouthMappers), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, andMissing Maps. Thank you to Open Gov Hub and ActioNet for being our sponsors.
Join us for mapping for a cause, food, and fun! All experience levels welcome.
Design Thinking DC Meetup: Practice Lab - Improving Your Observational Skills
DT:DC Meetup is being hosted at Open Gov Hub.
Jim Gilmore, author of Look - A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills, believes that How you LOOK at the world informs what you THINK of the world which informs how you ACT in the world. In other words, innovation begins with observation.
Join us for a fun night to slow down and practice your observational skills. We will start with a few quick exercises to prime our eyes and then head out for a self-led field trip to make observations and document our findings. We will regroup at the end of the evening to share our experiences and reflections.
During this brown bag, Hub Fellow (through Atlas Corps) Edison will first highlight successful projects, accomplishments and lessons from his 10+ years working in the nonprofit and public sectors in Albania and across the Balkans. Then, he will share some key skills he has developed, examples of previous work, and his priorities for the coming year throughout his fellowship. After his fellowship, he is excited to advocate open government across his home region and learn from each of you throughout the year!
This is a webinar hosted by Hub Member Forum One.
In this webinar, we will explore how the Atlassian suite of tools can be integrated into your organization's digital ecosystem to improve collaboration and help you work smarter. More specifically, we'll take a look a today's collaboration application landscape and provide you with an overview of:
- How Jira is used for project and process management by teams of all shapes and sizes
- How Confluence is integrated to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborative documentation
- How Jira Service Desk can help you provide exceptional support and approval management
Members and friends of the Open Gov Hub are invited to join a panel
and report launch event for Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms, which presents a brand new way to understand
and evaluate open government efforts. This event will outline the critical
components needed to conduct cost analyses of open government programs.
The methodology represents an important step towards understanding the true value of open government reforms intended to increase citizen engagement, promote transparency, and combat corruption. These insights have been lacking in the open government community to date - until now.
The world is facing an alarming education and learning crisis, due in part to data systems unable to keep up the pace. The Education Commission’s costing and projection model uses the best data available today and employs advanced statistical methods to fill in data gaps and project into the future, creating the most complete base of data and analytical estimates for decision-making and advocacy around education.
This brownbag will unpack what this innovative model does, as well as goals to make it a global public good for achieving SDG 4 on education.
How can you measure the strength and sustainability of your organization's programs, while also gaining insights into the connections within it?
Two of IREX’s US Government funded exchange and leadership development programs, the Community Solutions Program and the Mandela Washington Fellowship, conducted SNAs to learn more about how these programs build the networks of their Fellows (which Open Gov Hub members have hosted!) and what the secondary impact of these networks might be, especially for sustainability of the program's outcomes. They will share insights on how these fellowship programs can support social change agents to carry forth impact within their own communities once the fellowship has ended.
As the global trend toward closing civic spaces continues, Open Gov Hub and Fair Trials is pleased to welcome András Kádár of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a leading non-governmental watchdog organization that protects human dignity and the rule of law through legal and public advocacy methods.
András Kádár will be speaking about how NGOs like his are dealing with this worsening political environment in Hungary, as well as offering broader lessons and warnings for global civil society actors.
Lunch will be provided.
How To Uncover Your Own Data for Organizational and Network Learning and Impact: Info Session for Data, Methods and Complexity Workshop Series
Policy makers, managers and others who work in complex organizational settings, partnerships, alliances and other collaborative efforts, face the challenge of gathering, analyzing and communicating complicated evidence and information across multiple linkages. Born out of need, people are recognizing that new skills and tools are needed o effectively work with increasingly complicated information ecosystems.
Esri Story Maps platform allows you to easily and powerfully embed and combine dynamic web maps with audio, video, photographs, sketches, and text in a compelling framework.
This BBL guides you through the steps to create a story map using the right application template for your purpose and audience. Whether your goal is to share information with the public, present research findings, showcase points of interest in your city, or something else, you will learn useful tips to create an engaging story map more quickly and easily.
Fighting Inequality and Fiscal Injustice: Innovative models for successful campaigning - lessons from Peru and beyond
Lunch provided for in-person attendees. The event will also be streamed online.
Please RSVP here if you plan to attend in person or watch online.
Two leading Canadian organizations will share their experiences of developing and implementing open data strategies for the non-profit sector. Using recent case studies, the presentation will cover opportunities for using open data and open licensing to increase impact within the sector by making better use of its information assets and resources, and the challenges encountered to implement these strategies.
They took on the government with nothing but the truth.
Reel Hubbers, the Open Gov Hub monthly movie series, presents the Academy Award Best Picture nominated (2005) Good Night and Good Luck, starring David Strathairn, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, and Patricia Clarkson.
A speaker from the Committee to Protect Journalists will be joining us to discuss what we can learn from this film for today's political and media climate.
How China Escaped the Poverty Trap: Exploring the Relationship between Governance and Economic Development
In this event, Professor Yuen Yuen Ang will share her research on China to identify an unconventional first step out of the poverty trap. She will present historical evidence of this unorthodox strategy of development from China, and explore parallels found in Western history and pockets of the developing world, along with the consequences of her findings for today’s development practitioners.
The Hub's film group has selected Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for the month of August.
Mr. Smith is an American classic film, directed by the famous Frank Capra and starring the one and only Jimmy Stewart. This 1939 film is an ode to citizen empowerment and fighting against government corruption, which is even more apt today than when it first came out.
Join us for this feel-good movie about democracy in action!
Invite your coworkers and your friends, and let's talk about US democracy.
Corruption is typically seen as an amorphous force, or a sum of improprieties perpetrated by unconnected individuals, a supporting act to the depredations of, say, transnational criminal organizations. This talk with Sarah Chayes, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will explore how corruption is better seen as the organizing principle of sophisticated networks that tie together members in the public, private, and criminal sectors.
Join the Reel Hubbers (the Hub's film group) and friends for this month's movie showing of Persepolis.
Persepolis is an animated film based on the best-selling graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about growing up in revolutionary Iran in the 1970s and 80s. The film chronicles her growing up admidst this environment, in which family members were detained, and then moving to safety in France, only to find the world is even more complicated.
Promoting Accountable Service Delivery in Fragile Settings: Mercy Corps' efforts to improve water governance in DRC
For over two decades, the population of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has faced a protracted armed conflict. Within this complex environment, Mercy Corps' IMAGINE program, a four-year, £37 million program, is working to increase access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services for nearly 1 million people in eastern DRC. In support of this goal, IMAGINE’s governance approach focuses on building accountability between consumers, service providers and government to ensure equitable, sustainable and responsive water provision.
Please join Claire Espey, IMAGINE’s Governance Manager, as she shares lessons from IMAGINE's work to build the capacity of public service providers, support greater accountability in service provision, and increase community participation in water system governance. Claire will also discuss how IMAGINE has incorporated social network analysis research to better understand relationships between organizations involved in governance of water service provision at local, municipal and provincial levels.
Join us for a Happy Hour to meet our new Open Gov Hub member, the Governance team at Mercy Corps! Mercy Corps works in over 40 countries to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Good governance is integral to the work we do at Mercy Corps. Our teams work in communities grappling with recurring disasters and protracted conflict, food insecurity, failed markets and a changing climate. To adequately respond, we need approaches that tackle the governance barriers underpinning and perpetuating these global challenges.
Please join Sanjay Gurung, Director of Governance and Partnerships and Allison Shean, Governance and Partnerships Technical Advisor, to learn more about Mercy Corps' governance approach and our work around the globe and explore opportunities for collaboration.
Drinks and refreshments provided.
Join Hub Member Thousand Currents Communication Director and co-editor, Jennifer Lentfer, for a conversation and celebration. Jennifer will be talking about the lessons from this book, which will be followed by drinks and appetizers to celebrate.
In this new volume of 30 essays, 22 authors explore how responsive grantmaking, focused on grassroots wisdom and close connections, can make a lasting impact in the Global South.
We are hosting a talk on the 20th of June and invite you to join us to discuss open data, with a specific focus on closed societies and restrictive environments.
We are inviting organisations and individuals interested in data journalism, open data and transparency, and/or those who would like to introduce their organisation and contribute to the discussion.
Space for participants is limited and we anticipate strong interest in the event. Therefore, if you are interested in attending the talk, we would appreciate if you could please RSVP to email@example.com by 18/June/2017.
OpenGov Hub is providing the space for this excellent workshop run by Iran Open Data.
Following our successful March 2017 data journalism workshop in London, this June Iran Open Data is hosting a free two-day data journalism workshop in Washington, DC. The workshop will be led by freelance journalist and data researcher George Arnett (formerly of The Guardian).
Click through for more information on how to apply.