Can City Spending Save Democracy?
As part of the Cities, Government & Politics track at this year’s SXSW Conference, Lauren Gardner will lead a session on March 10th illustrating the impact of city spending innovations from Madrid to Mexico City. Sharing insights from our in-depth research in global “participatory budgeting” (PB) processes, she will explore the potential for PB to engage and inform citizens, and perhaps transform our democracies along the way. Join the conversation at #SXSW.
Building Community Around Open Data
Reboot is excited to participate throughout this year’s NYC Open Data Week, organized by the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics and BetaNYC. On March 2nd, Zack Brisson will join a panel on open contracting and smart cities at the kickoff School of Data event; on March 7th, Kisha Bwenge and Adam Parker will lead a “Storytelling for Civic Tech” panel; and on March 8th our team will host the closing reception for the week, to celebrate NYC’s vibrant open data community
Welcome Royce Nitta and Emily Lanzas Bogaard!
Meet Reboot’s new spring interns, Royce and Emily! Royce, our Business Development Intern, is currently pursuing his MPA in social impact, innovation, & investment from NYU | Wagner. He brings a range of experience as a marketer and strategist, and will apply his skills to our events and business development team. Emily, our People and Operations Intern, is currently pursuing her MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Hofstra University. She specializes in applying psychology to workplace challenges to make individuals, teams and organizations work more efficiently and achieve their goals.
RTD4AM Article Newly Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal
The Journal of Development in Practice recently published “Can ICT-enabled real-time data contribute to adaptive management in development programming?” co-authored by Rebooter Carrie Oppenheimer. Based on our work in Tanzania—with our partners at the Institute of Development Studies, Overseas Development Institute, and Feedback Labs—the article details our research into how development program managers are successfully using real-time data to improve results for a new birth-registration system in the country.
“Accountability: The Key To Improving Health” Published in Nigeria Health Watch
Nigeria Health Watch, a health advocacy and policy blog, published an op-ed by Rebooter Adam Talsma on the importance of government accountability for improved outcomes in the health sector. The piece encourages international aid donors worldwide to include accountability measures in their strategic approach to building effective and sustainable public service delivery within the Nigerian health sector, and beyond.
Facilitating Dialogue for Anti-Corruption in Action
Zack Brisson and Ugochi Ekwueme will be key participants at the upcoming event, “Tackling corruption: making progress, learning lessons and building capacity,” hosted by Transparency International UK and Wilton Park from January 16-18. Zack will be the lead facilitator for over sixty experts in attendance, synthesizing the open dialogue on effective anti-corruption implementation. Ugochi will bring her expertise in open government to chair a session on building anti-corruption networks across sectors.