Members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance are participating in two exciting events in the next month that will bring together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners looking to accelerate innovation in governance around the world.

First, chief of research Stefaan Verhulst, Network coordinator Andrew Young and Network member Erik Johnston are participating in this week’s ‘The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2016 (TICTeC),’ hosted by mySociety. The second annual event will be held at the World Trade Centre in Barcelona and “will focus on the impact that civic technology and digital democracy are having upon citizens, decision makers and governments around the world.” Participants will “discuss themes of engagement, participation, institution, social behaviour, politics, community, digital capability, communication and ethics relating to the use and study of civic technology.” Verhulst, Young and Johnston will discuss lessons learned and research strategies developed over the first two years of the Network, and also launch the Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX) – a platform for sharing research on innovations in governance developed in partnership with the GovLab, mySociety and the World Bank Digital Engagement Evaluation Team. The Research Network is also a network partner behind OGRX. You can view the full TICTeC agenda here.

Second, next month, Nesta, in collaboration with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the World Bank, is hosting the IGL Global Conference ‘Making Innovation and Growth Policy Work.’ On May 25th, “policy makers, practitioners and researchers” will come together “to learn about the latest programmes and understand how becoming more experimental will lead to more impactful policies.” Participants – including Network members Geoff Mulgan and Karim Lakhani – will “showcase some of the latest trends and cutting-edge ideas in innovation and growth policy, and discuss how to develop and support these in practice.” You can view the full event agenda here.

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