UK conference

This is the hub page for the UK Conference for the Open Government Pioneers UK Project.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Working title: Re-imagining democracy[edit | edit source]

Date and venue: March 15th 2018, Belfast, UK.

This event aims to bring together citizens, civil society and institutions from across the UK to explore how we can use open government approaches to advance democracy in the UK home nations.

It is the flagship event of the Open Government Pioneers UK project, funded by the Big Lottery UK.

Our theory of change[edit | edit source]

The concept is that we can define a shared vision of progress for our UK home nation democracies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, by using the Sustainable Development Goals.

Open Government approaches, such as participation, transparency and accountability provide a means for us to achieve these Goals.

The conference provides a space where we can share our experiences in building open government approaches, what works and what doesn't, and inspire each other across the UK home nations on our journey towards the Goals.

Our overall approach[edit | edit source]

  • The conference aims to build the capacity of people and civil society across the UK home nations to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • The conference will focus engagement with policy-making in progressing the SDGs using open government approaches
  • The conference will take place in Belfast with an interactive virtual conference running in parallel and deeply integrated with the conference
  • Logistics for the physical conference will be led by the Northern Ireland Environment Link
  • Logistics for the virtual conference will be led by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Agenda and sessions will be developed collaboratively using this wiki page with support from the core partners of the Open Government Pioneers UK initiative.  

Event objectives[edit | edit source]

There are a number of ways that our project is looking to promote and support open government and the Sustainable Development Goals. These are grouped into four methods in our project engagement plan: building networks, facilitating learning, supporting change and promoting pioneering. These seem a logical starting point to frame our conference objectives.

Overall Project Objective UK Conference Objective
Objective One Building networks To substantially increase and broaden the memberships of the Open Government Networks in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.  To empower attendees to engage in the Sustainable Development Goals and Open Government networks
Objective Two Facilitating learning To raise awareness and facilitate learning with the aim of strengthening the movement and ensuring its sustainability. We will do so through promoting dialogue and debate online and in person. To share and inspire reflection on how each UK home nation is using open government to progress the global goals
Objective Three Supporting change To ensure people and communities across the UK are better positioned to challenge and engage their governments to make real change. To build momentum around the Open Government action plans and their role in progressing the SDGs.
Objective Four Promoting pioneering To provide greater awareness and visibility of civil society action to progress the SDGs within the UK home nations to international audiences. We want to show UK civil society as pioneers of open government. To open up engagement on open government and SDGs to a much wider audience than before, and try out new digital technologies and open approaches to do so.

Target audiences[edit | edit source]

Audience Reason Message Comms Sessions to attend Likely attendance
The general public For general awareness building and support and growing a grassroots movement. This is your democracy – have your say. Become a part of building a better society.     Twitter, Facebook

Meetups.com

Press

Morning focus on Global Goals Virtual
Civil Society (ex NI) For general awareness building and support. To maximise reach and impact of project/message and grow engagement Open Government and SDGs as a means for achieving civil society goals.  Twitter,

OGN networks

Delegation to attend full conference Virtual

Conference AM

Conference PM

Civil Society (in NI) For general awareness building and support. To maximise reach and impact of project/message and grow engagement Open Government and SDGs as a means for achieving civil society goals in NI Twitter,

OGNI

network

Full conference
Partners To maximise reach and impact of project/message and grow engagement Maximising reach and impact of project/message and grow engagement     OGN Networks

Invitation letters

Local Policy Makers & Politicians           To raise awareness of Open Government and SDGs with key decision makers and politicians and build a network of advocates. For public and civil society to have increasing influence over actions plans, priorities and resources. Building participation in local policy and services and driving delivery improvements    
National Policy Makers & Politicians Building participation in national policy asks and strategy /action plan development    
International Network To promote UK civil society action to progress the SDGs within the UK home nations to international audiences. To show UK civil society as pioneers of open government. The UK as a pioneer of open government and progressing the Sustainable Development Goals