2016 December 9 10:45
1 h 20 min
Salle 2 (Iéna)
Implementation of open government


Our participatory communities can build and drive adoption of our most ambitious Open Government initiatives. Or they can stumble and become the barriers that prevent us from achieving our most basic goals.

Every day our programs risk decision-making based on false assumptions. There are, however, better ways: based on human-centered design, data-driven decision-making, and an understanding of how to create bridges between participants of diverse backgrounds, skill sets and needs.

This workshop, facilitated by Participatory leaders from civil society, entrepreneurship, government, NGO and media, will take the gloves off and:

  1. Identify barriers and elephants-in-the room preventing Open Government participation and community engagement from reaching its potential

  2. Challenge participants to take part and share their own diverse perspectives

  3. Develop tangible steps for building and maintaining productive, performance-based communities and partnerships

Facilitators open the floor to participants for lightening talks with what they see as the top barriers to participation and collaboration on Open Government initiatives within their community, and how they propose we overcome them. - Ms. Andrews, Wall Street Journal social media editor, moderator, helps identify trends and discussion points to challenge the participants with, taking in questions and ideas from around the room in the most collaborative way possible. - Together through the session, we identify and display a draft list of the top 10 obstacles for Open Government participation and collaboration, with the top 10 steps we can all take to overcome them and achieve the goals of our programs -- similar to the ThreatDown segment on the popular show The Colbert Report (, we're putting barriers to Open Government on notice.


  • Natalie Andrews, moderator, is Wall Street Journal social media editor.

  • Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese Born British BusinessWoman, technologist, Founder of IamtheCODE, first African-led, global movement to mobilise governments, businesses and investors to support girls and young women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, and design (STEAMD) and co-founder of Africa Gathering, a global platform that brings together entrepreneurs , businesses and experts to share ideas about Africa's development and positive change.

  • Seamus Kraft is a communicator and civic activist building new means for successful democracy in the digital age. Since February 2013, he has built The OpenGov Foundation into a dedicated six-person team producing cutting-edge civic software used by elected officials and citizens in governments.

  • Justin Herman coordinates government-wide Digital Communities and Open Government for the U.S. General Services Administration Technology Transformation Service, led the collaborative development of the U.S. Public Participation Playbook, and supported the participatory development of the third U.S. National Action Plan for Open Government.

  • Tiago Peixoto is a Senior Governance Specialist at The World Bank Group, focusing on working with governments to develop solutions for better public policies and services.


by Justin Herman
from U.S. General Services Administration -- Technology Transformation Service

Justin Herman manages Open Government for the U.S. General Services Administration, where he leads the SocialGov Community of more than 1000 managers at over 170 government organizations. His program is dedicated to helping modernize public services to improve how government works together with citizens, collaborates across agencies, and performs within their own organizations.

Justin supported the White House and other agencies in developing the Third U.S. National Action Plan for Open Government. He also led development of the U.S. Public Participation Playbook.

He’s recognized as one of the 15 most forward-thinking people in government by FierceGovernment; Up-and-Comer of the Year and one of the Top 25 Most Influential People Under 40 by Fedscoop; one of Top 50 luminaries, disruptors and newsmakers by InTheCapitol; one of the five men reshaping the city by Capitol File magazine; and by Washington Life magazine as one of the most influential young leaders in Washington.

2013 07 justin herman