Democracy Defenders in Dialogue
Dec
14
4:30 PM16:30

Democracy Defenders in Dialogue

The Open Gov HubGlobal IntegritySunlight 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.

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Distract, Divide, and Detach: Transparency and Accountability Amid the Closing Civic Space Debate
Dec
8
12:30 PM12:30

Distract, Divide, and Detach: Transparency and Accountability Amid the Closing Civic Space Debate

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.

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Following the Money: how to bridge the gap between citizens and subnational governments?
Dec
6
12:30 PM12:30

Following the Money: how to bridge the gap between citizens and subnational governments?

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). 

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World AIDS Day Mapathon
Nov
30
4:00 PM16:00

World AIDS Day Mapathon

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. 

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Design Thinking DC Meetup
Nov
27
6:30 PM18:30

Design Thinking DC Meetup

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.

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Promoting Youth Empowerment and Civic Participation Across the Balkans
Nov
16
12:30 PM12:30

Promoting Youth Empowerment and Civic Participation Across the Balkans

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!

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[Webinar] Atlassian for Nonprofits: Connecting Your Digital Ecosystem
Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

[Webinar] Atlassian for Nonprofits: Connecting Your Digital Ecosystem

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

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Priceless? A New Way to Estimate the Cost of Opening Government
Nov
14
11:00 AM11:00

Priceless? A New Way to Estimate the Cost of Opening Government

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.

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Filling Data Gaps and Modeling Data for Education [BBL]
Nov
13
12:30 PM12:30

Filling Data Gaps and Modeling Data for Education [BBL]

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.

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What Can We Learn from Social Network Analysis about Program Sustainability? [BBL]
Nov
7
12:30 PM12:30

What Can We Learn from Social Network Analysis about Program Sustainability? [BBL]

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.

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From the Frontlines of Hungary: Lessons and Warnings on Closing Civic Space
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

From the Frontlines of Hungary: Lessons and Warnings on Closing Civic Space

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.

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How To Uncover Your Own Data for Organizational and Network Learning and Impact: Info Session for Data, Methods and Complexity Workshop Series
Oct
24
12:30 PM12:30

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.

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Tell Your Story and Increase Your Impact by Using StoryMaps
Oct
5
12:30 PM12:30

Tell Your Story and Increase Your Impact by Using StoryMaps

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.

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Implementing Open Data Strategies for the Non-Profit Sector
Sep
25
12:30 PM12:30

Implementing Open Data Strategies for the Non-Profit Sector

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.

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Reel Hubbers Present: Good Night and Good Luck w/a Special Guest
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Reel Hubbers Present: Good Night and Good Luck w/a Special Guest

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.

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How China Escaped the Poverty Trap: Exploring the Relationship between Governance and Economic Development
Sep
14
4:30 PM16:30

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.

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Reel Hubbers Present: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

Reel Hubbers Present: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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.

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Corruption as an Operating System
Jul
26
12:30 PM12:30

Corruption as an Operating System

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.

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Reel Hubbers Presents: Persepolis
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Reel Hubbers Presents: Persepolis

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.

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Promoting Accountable Service Delivery in Fragile Settings: Mercy Corps' efforts to improve water governance in DRC
Jul
13
12:30 PM12:30

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.

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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.

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Welcome Happy Hour with Mercy Corps
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Welcome Happy Hour with Mercy Corps

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.

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Smart Risks Book Launch & Celebration
Jun
22
4:00 PM16:00

Smart Risks Book Launch & Celebration

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.

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Open Data in Closed Societies Discussion
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

Open Data in Closed Societies Discussion

Small Media Foundation , a not-for-profit organisation based in London launched Iran Open Data in November 2016, with the aim to make Iranian government data accessible.

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 shokoufeh@smallmedia.org.uk by 18/June/2017.

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Data Journalism Workshop
Jun
20
to Jun 21

Data Journalism Workshop

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.

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Virtual Reality: Party Trick or Real Opportunity?
Jun
16
12:30 PM12:30

Virtual Reality: Party Trick or Real Opportunity?

This event is being organized by Hub Members Forum One.

Just what is Virtual Reality (VR)? What aspects of VR bring out empathy in users and help promote understanding? Can VR be an effective way to get users to take action?

Join us for a compelling talk-show style discussion about VR and how it can be applied to promote cause-driven missions. Experts and users in the field of VR will explain the various branches of the technology, the many applications of this new medium, and how the booming industry of VR hardware is driving prices down and accelerating technological advances for the field in leaps and bounds. We will also have the opportunity to watch Beyond the Fence, the award-winning VR short film produced by the Nexus Fund.

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Tools to Use: Unlocking Foreign Aid Data
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

Tools to Use: Unlocking Foreign Aid Data

Please join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) for a panel discussion on U.S. aid transparency with a focus on collective successes and addressing the challenges ahead.

In the spirit of data use and action, we’ll also ask you to roll up your sleeves and join one of several interactive breakout sessions, hosted by the Department of State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Development Gateway, and the Humanitarian Data Exchange. Please plan to bring your laptop (or share with a partner) to get practice using some innovative new tools! 

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Open Data for Development: A Conversation with Fernando Perini
May
23
3:00 PM15:00

Open Data for Development: A Conversation with Fernando Perini

Open Data Watch, as a collaborator with Open Data for Development, is pleased to invite you to have a conversation with Fernando Perini and learn more about the network.

This event is an opportunity to speak with Fernando Perini and to learn more about OD4D and its initiatives. Shaida Badiee, Managing Director of Open Data Watch, will provide opening remarks for this event. Following a short presentation from Fernando Perini, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion.

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Introduction to Esri and ArcGIS
May
17
12:30 PM12:30

Introduction to Esri and ArcGIS

In this brown bag lunch, Esri’s team will show you what AGOL is and how it interacts with your work. Learn how to host content and services in the cloud easily and securely. Explore content access and restrictions with named users. This event is rich with live demonstrations, so you’ll walk away more confident in configuring app templates, managing organizational tools, and conducting easy online spatial analyses. Reimagine what your GIS can do for you.

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