Towards Citizen-Centric Governance: DP5 Study Session One

This was a wide ranging conversation where we did a lot of things:

. Identified key terms that needed definition and discussion, including open, open data, open source, open culture, open society, transparency, accountability, smart governance, governance 2.0, participatory governance, democratization, inclusive governance, government reform and citizen-centric governance. These definitions will be forthcoming as a new blogpost.

. Discussed the role of design in relation to crowdsourced approaches to solution creation, especially as our views have evolved at CKS over the years of doing Design Public.

. Discussed the limits of direct democracy historically and in the present, with examples from the villages of Switzerland to the khap-s of Haryana and the mohalla samiti-s of New Delhi.

. Identified some interesting examples of crowdsourced governance experiments from around the world. Again, this will be developed as a new blogpost in the future.

. Asked questions about what kinds of problems government data can serve as a solution towards? We realized we can answer this questions empirically by reviewing how #opengov efforts in the US and in different regions of Europe have played out through apps competitions. The key interest for us seems to be that we can help design and plan those competitions better so that they actually solve some of the most persistent problems that that citizens have.

. Realized we should ask each of the political parties running in the forthcoming elections what their approach and stand to open data and open governance is and what they are going to do about promoting governance innovation. We will use various social media platforms including Quora, for example, to do this.

Our next Study Session is on Thursday February 27th at 5.30 pm at the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation, which is located here.

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