Enabling Openness & Transparency in Iraq
May
4
12:30 pm12:30

Enabling Openness & Transparency in Iraq

  • OpenGov Hub

Challenges are plentiful regarding the political, economic, and security situations in Iraq.

How do the Iraqi parliament and political parties perform? Are the Iraqi parties willing to solve Iraq's critical issues? Even if they are, are they even able to?

How do development and aid organizations operate in this context? How do they partner with the local organizations in Iraq, as well as help with the reconciliation process?

And lastly, how can the US help?

We'll be discussing these questions and more, so RSVP here.


Reel Hubbers Present: Leviathan
Apr
27
6:00 pm18:00

Reel Hubbers Present: Leviathan

  • OpenGov Hub

Join the Reel Hubbers (the Hub's new film group) and friends for this month's movie showing, Leviathan.

Originally banned in its home country of Russia, Leviathan is a seering portrait of corruption, power, and money. The lessons contained within this film reach across all borders.

Leviathan has earned 40+ nominations - including the Academy Award's Best Foreign Film - and 30+ wins, including the Golden Globes, as well as a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

RSVP HERE.

Intro to Social Impact Legal Issues with TrustLaw
Apr
27
1:00 pm13:00

Intro to Social Impact Legal Issues with TrustLaw

  • OpenGov Hub

Your organization is at the forefront of social change — but are you building upon a solid legal foundation? Benjamin Overton of TrustLaw will be joining us to share more about how you can gain free legal assistance and multiply your impact through the pro bono legal resources of TrustLaw. Participants will learn about top legal issues and common pitfalls for social impact organizations, as well as tools and resources for gaining pro bono assistance to protect your organization and focus on your mission. We'll be sure to leave half of the session for question and answer.

RSVP HERE.

Participatory Organizing: From Co-Op to Network to Mass Movement
Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

Participatory Organizing: From Co-Op to Network to Mass Movement

  • OpenGov Hub

Join us on April 26th for a co-created workshop on collaborative culture and non-hierarchical organizing. We combine storytelling and participation to learn together about democratic, bottom-up organizing at different scales: from co-ops, to networks, cities and nations. We'll offer some practices and tools that have helped us, and discover the intelligence in the room too.

RSVP HERE

The Peoples Climate Movement: March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice (BBL)
Apr
20
12:45 pm12:45

The Peoples Climate Movement: March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice (BBL)

  • OpenGov Hub

The Peoples March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice on Saturday, April 29th is fast approaching. Find out how you can plug in, why we mobilize, and what the larger frontline climate justice movement is doing in DC for this week of actions. This brownbag lecture will be hosted by The Climate Justice Alliance, a member of the OpenGovHub, who is on the Steering Committee for the Peoples Climate Mobilization organizing the march.

RSVP HERE.

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Self-Care for Nonprofit Leaders
Apr
5
12:30 pm12:30

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Self-Care for Nonprofit Leaders

  • Global Giving Suite 550

The passion that people who work for nonprofits feel for their work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that fervor helps them keep going in the face of difficult challenges, especially in the early stages of their careers. On the other hand, they can be so driven they don’t stop to refuel or smell the proverbial roses or even notice they are experiencing symptoms of burnout.

RSVP HERE

Based on her new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, Beth Kanter will present an interactive workshop where participants will:

- Take a self-assessment to determine burnout symptoms and opportunities to create self-care habits

- Share tips and methods for self-care activities that go beyond physical health

- Share strategies for bringing a culture of wellbeing into your nonprofit workplace

Report Launch and Discussion: Transnational Crime and the Developing World
Mar
29
9:30 am09:30

Report Launch and Discussion: Transnational Crime and the Developing World

  • OpenGov Hub

This report launch and panel discussion will focus on Global Financial Integrity's new report, Transnational Crime and the Developing World.

Transnational crime is a business, and business is very good. Money is the primary motivation for these illegal activities, activities that not only line the pockets of the perpetrators but also finance violence, corruption, further criminal activities, and other abuses. These crimes undermine local and national economies, destroy the environment, and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of the public. Transnational crime will continue to grow until the paradigm of high profits and low risks is challenged.

RSVP HERE.

Open Data Beyond Transparency: The 3ie-SINERGIA Open Data Challenge
Mar
23
10:00 am10:00

Open Data Beyond Transparency: The 3ie-SINERGIA Open Data Challenge

  • OpenGov Hub

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the OpenGov Hub are pleased to invite you to a conversation on open data and its uses in international development. The panel features representatives from donors, international organizations and 3ie, who will provide insights on how their organizations use and encourage open data. The event will kick off with a presentation by Felipe Castro, Director of SINERGIA / National Planning Department (DNP) in Colombia, bringing a government perspective on potential uses of open data.

Please contact Scott Neilitz at sneilitz@3ieimpact.org to RSVP and with any logistical questions. Please share this invitation with any colleagues or acquaintances you feel would be interested in this event.

Preserving Open Government Under the New Administration (BBL)
Mar
16
1:30 pm13:30

Preserving Open Government Under the New Administration (BBL)

  • OpenGov Hub

Now, as data sets and other information sources have already begun to disappear under the new administration, how might American activists and organizations leverage the Open Government Partnership - and other international mechanisms that the US participates in - to preserve domestic open government reforms that may soon come under threat?

In light of Sunshine Week 2017, the OpenGov Hub is convening this timely brown bag discussion.

RSVP HERE.

This event will feature brief remarks from Nathaniel Heller (Executive Vice President for Integrated Strategies aesults for Development and OGP Steering Committee Member), and Sean Moulton (Open Government Program Manager a the Project on Government Oversigh).

State-Society Relations: Taking Stock of the Evidence
Mar
16
9:30 am09:30

State-Society Relations: Taking Stock of the Evidence

  • OpenGov Hub

USAID and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) are hosting a seminar to launch 3ie’s new evidence gap map on state-society relations. 3ie evaluation specialist Daniel Phillips and research associate Chris Coffey will take us through the interactive map showing the existing evidence base of impact evaluations and systematic reviews. They will also identify areas where there are research gaps.

Morgan Holmes, evaluation methodologist at USAID and Michael Jarvis, executive director, The Transparency and Accountability Initiative will be the discussants.

RSVP HERE.

Mapping Worlds: Dynamic Data Visualization BBL
Mar
1
12:30 pm12:30

Mapping Worlds: Dynamic Data Visualization BBL

  • OpenGov Hub

MappingWorlds is a small team, based in Amsterdam, who specialize in creating data visualizations based on geographic relationships. They have created data portals for the World Bank, IMF, IEA, and UNESCO, among others. Desmond Spruijt will give a demonstration of their work and discuss the elements of effective data visualizations in this Brownbag Lecture.

RSVP HERE

Open Data Charter as a Vehicle for Change - From Promise to Delivery
Feb
28
12:30 pm12:30

Open Data Charter as a Vehicle for Change - From Promise to Delivery

  • OpenGov Hub

For at least the last ten years there has been growing support for the idea that greater government transparency and evidence-based policy making will improve the lives of citizens. This is now under threat. In a post-truth world, where experts are dismissed and authoritarianism is on the rise, how do those of us that support openness in government fight back? How can the open data movement work to defend the gains made to date and continue to make our institutions deliver for us?

RSVP HERE. 

The Art of Career Switching
Feb
21
6:30 pm18:30

The Art of Career Switching

  • OpenGov Hub

This event is being hosted by General Assembly at OpenGov Hub.

This event series is for you if you want to apply your strengths and talents to do work that matters to you, whether that means changing careers or taking the leap to self-employment. Each event, you will hear from a DMV-based career switcher and you'll learn how to overcome common obstacles, connect authentically with the right people, and get (or create) the perfect job by translating your unique strengths, skills, and experiences into the language of your new field.

RSVP HERE

POSTPONED: Can Open Data Impact Developing Economies?
Feb
16
8:30 am08:30

POSTPONED: Can Open Data Impact Developing Economies?

  • OpenGov Hub

A growing number of developing countries—in Asia, Africa, Latin America—have adopted open data policies and are publishing new sources of open government data. This global trend toward data-driven policy making and development begs the question: What is open data's impact on developing economies?

Join USAID's Global Development LabmSTAR and GovLab t the OpenGov Hub  for coffee, pastries and the launch of the new report, The Impact of Open Data in Developing Economies. Take part in the discussion with a panel of diverse contributors on the value of open data for development interventions, or follow along on Twitter with #OpenDataImpact.

RSVP HERE

Blockchain Mobile Voting Demo
Feb
14
5:00 pm17:00

Blockchain Mobile Voting Demo

  • OpenGov Hub

Voatz is an award-winning blockchain-based platform that enables citizens to vote in all kinds of elections or voting events via smartphone or tablet. Past attempts at internet based voting have failed or not gone mainstream due to fundamental concerns around security, auditability and voter anonymity. With Voatz, using biometrics for security and the blockchain for irrefutability, we are able to tackle all these challenges and significantly streamline the process of voting and identity verification. 

Voatz aims to:
1) increase voter turnout, 
2) increase the transparency of elections, and
3) combat electoral fraud.

RSVP HERE.

Open Government in the Philippines: Prospects and Challenges
Feb
13
12:00 pm12:00

Open Government in the Philippines: Prospects and Challenges

  • OpenGov Hub

The panel discussion will reflect on the prospects and challenges for open government reforms in the Philippines after its recent elections. Panelists will discuss government-led reforms in light of political transitions, gleaning from a recent G-Watch/Making All Voices Count study of citizen-led reform initiatives, Going vertical: citizen-led reform campaigns in the Philippines (December 2016). These seven issue-based advocacy campaigns involved diverse, broad-based civic and social actors, engaged with multiple levels and branches of government. These initiatives emphasized citizen power, to generate scale and sustainability. Now, the uncertain future of open government reforms in the Philippines raises questions about how citizen power can promote more sustainable change.

RSVP HERE.

Perspectives on Foreign Kleptocracy's Problems and Solutions
Feb
1
12:30 pm12:30

Perspectives on Foreign Kleptocracy's Problems and Solutions

  • OpenGov Hub

Read the takeaways from this event in our January ICYMI post or read an op-ed presenter Ted Moorman wrote on our Guest Post blog here.

Concerns related to national security, international relations, international justice, and economic prosperity can be included in a list of reasons the United States must combat foreign kleptocracy and not facilitate it. Because of the complexity of the problem, numerous solutions might be championed through policy, enforcement, technology, and education. Panelists will present frameworks for understanding the problems created by foreign kleptocracy and will discuss the relative merits of some proposed solutions, attempting to highlight areas in which various perspectives are conflicting.

RSVP HERE.

 #AnalyticsFair: Data Science & Analytics Career Fair #DC
Jan
27
1:30 pm13:30

#AnalyticsFair: Data Science & Analytics Career Fair #DC

  • OpenGov Hub

#AnalyticsFair is now World’s first AI backed Data Analytics and Development Career Fair. #AnalyticsFair is a job fair for data, analytics and development professionals backed by our home brewed Machine Learning driven talent sourcers. Our tool (https://TAO.ai) will soon start recommending talent based on your previous hires. Our relationship would not only stay till your successful career fair, but AnalyticsWeek's team would be working closely with participating candidates and recruiters over several programs to help with connecting top talent to top jobs.

RSVP HERE.

Media in Difficult Places
Jan
12
1:00 pm13:00

Media in Difficult Places

  • OpenGov Hub

The media plays a critical role in accountability around the world - investigating policies and politics, disseminating information, shaping public opinion and acting as a watchdog. In difficult contexts, media organizations often suffer from crippling challenges including capacity shortfalls, corruption, lack of equipment, financing shortfalls and a lack of standards. What can be done to move beyond these problems? How are new media organizations working to change these dynamics and build accountability, despite the constraints?

RSVP HERE

Join the Accountability Lab and the Bush Chicken - a mediaorganization coming through our accountability incubator in Liberia- for an interactive round-table around mediadevelopment in difficult contexts. Jefferson Krua, founder of the Bush Chicken will be joined by Wade Williams, an award-winning journalist from Liberia; and Alison Campbell, Internews' Vice President for Global Initiative.

Fairer Trials: Reforming Judicial Systems for Human Rights & Accountability
Jan
11
12:30 pm12:30

Fairer Trials: Reforming Judicial Systems for Human Rights & Accountability

  • OpenGov Hub

Please join us for this exciting Brownbag Lecture by new Hub Members, Fair Trials.

Fair Trials is a new Hub member, just branching out to DC after establishing offices in London and Brussels. Fair Trials helps people facing criminal charges all over the world to protect their procedural rights and campaigns for fairer criminal justice systems.

RSVP HERE

Hub member Rebecca Shaeffer will describe Fair Trials' work and the ways in which the right to a fair trial intersects with issues of transparency, openness, and accountability. These include: the role of trials in shedding light on police and investigative agencies; the right to information and evidence; criminal justice in the SDGs; the role of criminal defence rights in anti-corruption work; and data collection in the justice sector.

Understanding and Operationalizing an Accountability Ecosystems Approach
Dec
16
10:00 am10:00

Understanding and Operationalizing an Accountability Ecosystems Approach

  • OpenGov Hub

Please join ChemonicsGlobal Integrity, the International Budget Partnership, and Root Change for an introductory session exploring accountability ecosystems.

Speakers will draw on recent learning and project experiences to explore aspects of this emerging approach, including structural aspects and social physics; political economy considerations; adaptive learning; and programmatic implications.

RSVP HERE

 

Shared Workspace Community Meetup
Dec
5
5:30 pm17:30

Shared Workspace Community Meetup

  • OpenGov Hub

Calling all collaborators! This is a meetup for anyone who owns, manages, or participates in collaborative communities such as:

  • Coworking spaces
  • Shared creative spaces
  • Incubators
  • Accelerators
  • All other collaborative programs

As collaborators, we believe that great things happen when people get together and share ideas and information, especially when food and drinks are included. If you're part of a collaborative environment, come out and join the conversation and the fun!

RSVP HERE

Innovative Implementation of SDGs in Local Environments
Dec
5
12:30 pm12:30

Innovative Implementation of SDGs in Local Environments

  • OpenGov Hub

OpenGov Hub is pleased to host this Brown Bag Lecture that will delve into initiatives for local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The speakers will be Diana Lopez Caramazana, Head of Local Governments at UN-Habitat, and Juana Lopez Pagan, the Director of International Relations at the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.

RSVP HERE

Understanding How Change Happens: A Book Launch and Panel Discussion
Nov
29
3:30 pm15:30

Understanding How Change Happens: A Book Launch and Panel Discussion

  • OpenGov Hub

OpenGov HubGlobal Integrity, and Transparency and Accountability Initiative are pleased to invite you to join us at the OpenGov Hub’s launch event for Duncan Green’s new book.

After Green presents the book's main arguments we will have distinguished development experts comment as panelists. This will be followed by a moderated conversation and audience Q&A on opics such as: how the systems and power approach can be applied in very difficult contexts (fragile or politically restrictive environments), and how funders (private foundations, multilateral institutions and others) can and should best identify and support change makers given this framework.

RSVP HERE

Open Government Partnership at Five Years: What to Look for at the Paris Summit
Nov
21
12:30 pm12:30

Open Government Partnership at Five Years: What to Look for at the Paris Summit

  • OpenGov Hub

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is five years old! What has happened in this time? What is happening next?

Join us for a short lunch discussion with such exciting topics as:

  • OGP Steering Committee members on their strategic goals for the next few years of OGP (subnational governments, OGP's strategic refresh, and how we get more ambitious commitments)
  • The OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism will report on what the data says about where we do and do not see progress in OGP countries
  • Have your voice heard on helping shape the direction of OGP and how you use it.

RSVP HERE

Partnering for Humanitarian Good Mapathon - OpenStreetMap GeoWeek 2016 Main Event
Nov
16
5:00 pm17:00

Partnering for Humanitarian Good Mapathon - OpenStreetMap GeoWeek 2016 Main Event

  • OpenGov Hub

We invite you to join us from 5pm to 9pm on Wednesday, November 16 at the OpenGovHub (location) to help map unmapped areas around Africa’s Lake Victoria and improve our ability to combat HIV/AIDS.  

Via lightning talks, short presentations, and a mapathon, you will learn about and contribute to mapping areas around the world to assist ongoing humanitarian, development, and public health efforts, alongside other communities participating globally in OSM Geography Awareness Week 2016.

RSVP HERE

The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Nov
16
12:00 pm12:00

The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus

  • OpenGov Hub

The Middle East is faced with a set of complex interrelated problems related to the water, energy, and food sectors.  Understanding the dynamics and linkages between these three sectors is needed to understand potential opportunities, trade-offs, and synergies and to develop integrated solutions to the growing demand for resources. The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus approach is not without criticism, but such multi-disciplinary solutions are increasingly considered the best strategy to deal with issues of water, energy and food security. These dynamics were the focus of an expert roundtable to explore government, civil society, and private sector policy solutions to these dynamic challenges, and the outcomes of that conversation were compiled in a recent report. Please join us for a conversation exploring these recommendations.

RSVP HERE

Evolving Strategies in the Anti-Corruption Agenda
Nov
10
9:30 am09:30

Evolving Strategies in the Anti-Corruption Agenda

  • OpenGov Hub

Please join PartnersGlobal and the Open Government Partnership for a discussion on innovations coming directly from civic leaders visiting DC from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Member organizations from the Partners Network, together with leading experts, will present a proven strategic approach to building islands of integrity within local governments.

Please RSVP to partners@partnersglobal.org

Civil Society Roles in Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Philippines
Nov
9
11:00 am11:00

Civil Society Roles in Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Philippines

  • OpenGov Hub

This event will discuss the roles played by the civil society in the Philippines in fulfillment of MDGs as well as the OGP and some of the lessons relevant to implementation of the 2030 Agenda overall and the governance improvement targets in the SDG #16. The panelists will discuss these issues based on their experiences and analytical work. Click through for more info.

The session will be held at the OpenGov Hub.
Visitors must RSVP in advance to gain access to the building.
Click here to join the meeting virtually.

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