Re-imagine Democracy Conference

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The Mac,
Exchange Street,
Belfast, BT1 2LS

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9.45am – 4.30pm
Thurs 15 March 2018


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Imagine a country where decisions are honestly made, transparent and accountable, where outcomes cannot be bought or manipulated and where policy-making processes enhance democratic participation and connection.


This allday conference organised by the Open Government Network will explore:

  • Freedom of information – accountability and the public’s right to know. Would more open government have prevented RHI, SIF and NAMA?
  • Democratic Ownership – Is democracy being subverted by dark money – the undisclosed funding of organisations involved in public advocacy?
  • Anti-corruption – Will improving transparency around beneficial ownership help prevent tax evasion, money laundering and corruption?
  • Environmental protection – As climate change threatens the very existence of life on earth, how can the UK contribute to efforts to avoid global disaster?
  • Making power responsive to citizens’ hopes and needs – What’s the future for open government and democracy?


Register for free and join us!*

This conference is organised as part of the Imagine Belfast Festival – Check it out!

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Re-imagine Democracy Conference Agenda

09.45am: Welcome & Scene Setting
Peter Osborne, Host

10.00am: What’s the point of Open Government?
Three deliberative dialogues to explore and demonstrate the intrinsic and instrumental value of more open government.
Dialogue 1: Transparency, accountability & the public’s right to know
Mandy McAuley, BBC Spotlight
Dialogue 2: Who owns our democracy?
Peter Geoghegan, OpenDemocracy
Dialogue 3: Unmasking the Corrupt – The Paradise Papers
Alex Cobham, CEO of the Tax Justice Network

11.30am: BREAK (Refreshments provided)

12.00 noon: Leave No One Behind: Open Government and the SDGs
Three Lightning Talks followed by a Q&A and open discussion on the relevance of the SDGs for the UK and Ireland.
Lightning Talk 1: Open Government and the UN SDGs – The Pioneer Project
Lucy McTernan, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
Lightning Talk 2: Progress with implementation plan for SDGs
Farooq Ullah, Co-Chair of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)
Lightning Talk 3: Climate Change & Environmental Protection Post Brexit – SDG13
Jim Kitchen, former Head of Sustainable Development Commission in NI

1.00pm: LUNCH (Food and drink provided)

2.00pm: The Future of Open Government – What’s the Story?
Keynote from Robin Hodess, Transparency International and the OGP Steering Group

2.30pm: How can open government tackle the issues that matter to you?
Workshop to identify and discuss potential new commitment areas & ideas as part of the process to develop a UK Open Government Action Plan

4.30pm: Conclusions and close


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* By registering for the event you acknowledge that the event is livestreamed online and recorded. While efforts will be made to only record the stage and speakers, it is possible that event attendees will appear in the recording and as such you give your consent for your face to appear in the livestream and recording. If you wish to opt-out from consent, then you will be able to do this at the reception desk at the event.