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"Can our field present a united front to the new Administration? Let's start by seeing if we can develop a set of principles for public engagement we can all endorse..."

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    Were the brainstorming phase and discussion phase (still ongoing) of the Open Government Dialogue compliant with the 5th principle?  What specific changes are necessary to make the next dialogue more compliant with the following principle:

    Transparency and Trust

    Be clear and open about the process, and provide a public record of the organizers, sponsors, outcomes, and range of views and ideas expressed.

    • CommentAuthoracfonte
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2009

    this is a HUGE issue. without setting a framework for a) how transparency will be implemented and b) sticking to it even when things get rocky is the cornerstone for building public trust.  But it's a hard step.  Even simple actions such as process debriefing where the public participants can attend is risky and, yet, without it, public-convenor trust and capacity building is stifled.  A question I bump into for myself as a professional is "how much transparency and trust" do I demonstrate not only in my work but in my life.  I don't think that if we aren't "walking the talk" in our personal life, we can't practice it in our professional life.  So, I try to start, on a daily basis, with transparency with friends and family and that may be within my "control".  It is, I admit, risky, too.

    • CommentAuthorTim
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2009
    Here's the expanded text:
    In high quality engagement: Relevant information, activities, decisions, and issues that arise are shared with participants and the public in a timely way, respecting individuals’ privacy where necessary. Process consultants and facilitators are helpful and realistic in describing their place in the field of public engagement and what to expect from their work. People experience planners, facilitators, and participants with official roles as straightforward, concerned, and answerable. Members of the public can easily access information, get involved, stay engaged, and contribute to the ongoing evolution of outcomes or actions the process generates. What to avoid: It is hard, if not impossible, to find out who is involved, what happened, and why. Research, advocacy, and answerability efforts are stymied. Participants, the public, and various stakeholders suspect hidden agendas and dubious ethics. Participants not only don’t trust the facilitators but are not open about their own thoughts and feelings.
    Compared to these dos and don'ts... how did the Open Government Dialogue do so far?
    • CommentAuthorTim
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2009
    One thing I noticed is a lot of participants were unhappy with the way moderation was handled (both in phase 1 and in phase 2). Participants seemed often unaware of the ground rules, and decisions by the moderator team to move/hide/remove a post weren't explained well enough.

    A question I bump into for myself as a professional is "how much transparency and trust" do I demonstrate not only in my work but in my life.

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