A Notwestminster 2018 workshop from Andreas Pavlou
Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable.
This workshop aims to crowdsource proposals for open government commitments. These ideas will then feed into the civil society consultation for the national Open Government Action Plan.
Whilst previous commitments about open government have been welcomed, it is important that future commitments are more relevant to citizens and actually impact their lives. #Notwestminster will help to engage a variety of people in this process, and hopefully in a way that makes the open government proposals more real for citizens.
Following this and other events around the UK, the proposals will be prioritised before the Open Government Network begins discussions with government. We will then agree a common set of commitments that the government will implement. Workshop participants are welcome to become members of the Open Government Network and to participate in it after the #notwestminster event.
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Network Lead, Involve
Andreas is Network Lead at Involve, focusing on open government and, in particular, the coordination of the UK Open Government Network. He believes deeply that increased transparency, better citizen participation and greater accountability are key to improving decision-making in government and the quality of democracy in the UK. Based in Madrid over the last five years, he was able to follow closely the democratising and participatory consequences of the 15M movement on Spanish politics and society, such as the increased demand for democratic renewal and greater citizen engagement in political and social life.
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