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The Civic Innovator: A Conversation With NDI's 2013 Democracy Award Recipients

National Democratic Institute

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

Washington, DC

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The Civic Innovator:
A Conversation with NDI's 2013 Democracy Award Recipients

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
National Democratic Institute, 455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 8th Floor

Light lunch refreshments will be provided.
The event will be live streamed at www.ndi.org/live. Use the hashtag #NDI30.


Please join NDI and the OpenGov Hub community for an event with recipients of NDI's 2013 Democracy Award. This year's award honors "The Civic Innovator," in recognition of an emerging class of creative and entrepreneurial individuals who are using technology to help advance and improve democracy in the digital age. We're pleased to feature a number of the award winners in a conversation about the nature of civic innovation and its implications for democracy around the world.
 

Featured guests:

Belabbés Benkredda
Founder, The @Munathara Initiative (Tunisia)

Gregor Hackmack
Co-Founder, Parliament Watch (Germany)

Ginny Hunt
Strategy Principal, Google's Civics Team (United States)

Swati Ramanathan
Co-Founder, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (India)

Vukosava Crnjanski Sabovic
Founder and Director, Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia)


The discussion will be moderated by Alex Howard, a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and the Ash Center at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and former Washington Correspondent for O’Reilly Media.

NDI Board Member Robin Carnahan, former Missouri Secretary of State, will give opening remarks, followed by a brief introduction to the OpenGov Hub community from Nathaniel Heller, executive director of Global Integrity.


About the 2013 Democracy Award:
Technology is changing the way that citizens organize and that democracies function. NDI will present its 2013 Democracy Award to "The Civic Innovator," in recognition of an emerging class of creative and entrepreneurial individuals who are using technology to help advance and improve democracy in the digital age. The award will be given to 21 leading civic innovators, whose work exemplifies the range and diversity of this movement. These civic activists, entrepreneurs, and government and elected officials are at work all over the world, innovating to improve the responsiveness and transparency of government institutions and to expand opportunities for democratic participation. Read more about all of the 2013 Democracy Award recipients here.

About the National Democratic Institute:
The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Since its founding in 1983, NDI has worked with local partners in more than 130 countries and territories, bringing together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise. Partners receive broad exposure to best practices in international democratic development that can be adapted to the needs of their own countries. NDI’s multinational approach reinforces the message that while there is no single democratic model, certain core principles are shared by all democracies. Learn more about NDI here.

About the OpenGov Hub:
The OpenGov Hub is an attempt to physically collocate historically distinct but like-minded communities of practice under a single shared physical workspace in downtown Washington, DC. The OpenGov Hub is the day-to-day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities in the Washington area. The hub is home to a range of nearly 20 open government organizations including technology-focused groups and policy-oriented advocates  The Hub takes a Big Tent approach and welcomes people and organizations pursuing open government activities in the broadest sense. Learn more about the OpenGov Hub here.


Questions: Dan Swislow, dswislow@ndi.org
Press Inquiries:
Dagny Leonard, dleonard@ndi.org

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National Democratic Institute
455 Massachusetts Ave NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)


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For further information regarding this event, please contact Rebecca A. Shoot at rshoot@ndi.org or (202) 728-5692.
 
 
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