Introducing CitizENGAGE – How Citizens Get Things Done
In a world full of autocracy, bureaucracy, and opacity, it can be easy to feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle against these trends.
Trust in government is at historic lows. Autocratic leaders have taken the reins in countries once thought bastions of democracy. Voter engagement has been declining around the globe for years.
Despite this reality, there is another, powerful truth: citizens are using open government to engage in their communities in innovative, exciting ways, bringing government closer and creating a more inclusive system.
These citizens are everywhere.
In Costa Rica, they are lobbying the government for better and fairer housing for indigenous communities.
In Liberia, they are bringing rights to land back to the communities who are threatened by companies on their traditional lands.
In Madrid, they are using technology to make sure you can participate in government – not just every four years, but every day.
In Mongolia, they are changing the face of education and healthcare services by empowering citizens to share their needs with government.
In Paraguay, hundreds of municipal councils are hearing directly from citizens and using their input to shape how needed public services are delivered.
These powerful examples are the inspiration for the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) new global campaign to CitizENGAGE. The campaign will share the stories of citizens engaging in government and changing lives for the better.
CitizENGAGE includes videos, photo essays, and impact stories about citizens changing the way government is involved in their lives. These stories talk about the very real impact open government can have on the lives of everyday citizens, and how it can change things as fundamental as schools, roads, and houses.
We invite you to visit CitizENGAGE and find out more about these reforms, and get inspired. Whether or not your government participates in OGP, you can take the lessons from these powerful stories of transformation and use them to make an impact in your own community.
It’s time to open up. It’s time to change. It’s time to engage.