Software companies do it. So do mathematicians, astronomers and physicists. Even social services bureaucrats are now embracing ‘policy hackathons’ in a range of countries around the world.
All this springs from the recognition that open-source evolves much more rapidly, taps a much wider range of expertise, and is more demand-driven.
Yet in the humanitarian and development sectors, we’re lagging behind. We still make policy in our cramped institutional silos, using full-time ‘senior advisors’ and ‘policy officers’, through multi-year processes with endless sign-offs.
So we’re asking the question: What would it be like to do things differently?
From November onwards we’ll be kicking off some experiments in open-source policy thinking.
We’ll take some contemporary challenges in fragile states that aren’t getting the kind of attention they deserve, and we’ll use online tools to mobilise the expertise of practitioners around the world.
Intrigued? Horrified? Come along and have a say.
About our round tables:
Our focus is on how to work smarter in fragile and conflict-affected states. We use the minimum possible amount of structure to have an interesting conversation, along the lines of the 'lean coffee' approach.
There are just two ground rules:
- No hats: No-one speaks for an institution, or attributes anything.
- No monologues: We do open conversation, not expert-and-audience.
Capacity is 7-8 people, and the venue is our Glasshouse space in central London. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.