Looking Back at the “Data-Driven & Collaborative Solutions” Public Forum on Opening Governance

Andrew Young — July 16, 2015

Last week, the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance, GovLab and Nesta hosted a public forum on data-driven and collaborative solutions to public problems. In addition to giving members of the Research Network – including Beth Simone Noveck, Stefaan Verhulst, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and  Geoff Mulgan – an opportunity to share some of the insights gained over the Network’s first year and a half of inquiry into opening governance, the forum brought together a diverse community hailing from the civic technology, innovation lab, technology and policy fields to discuss what works in practice and look ahead to future endeavors.

The event comprised two panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions: the first around data-driven approaches to opening governance, such as small data and open data initiatives, and the second focused on collaborative efforts, such as mobilizing collective intelligence and networked expertise. Paul Maltby, Director of Open Data and Government Innovation at the UK Cabinet Office, and Tom Steinberg, Director of  mySociety, joined the Network panelists on stage to provide provocations, share their own insights and drive the full-audience discussion.

You can read more about the forum in Nesta’s Storify.