The text below is an excerpt from the original article by Robert D. Onley about Giovanna Mingarelli, published February 1, 2015 on Global Shapers Ottawa.
The World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Ottawa Hub is thrilled with the success of its inaugural event, Shaping Davos Ottawa: Rethinking Politics, after an engaging and informative panel discussion hosted at the Rideau Club in downtown Ottawa on Thursday, January 22, 2015. The event would not have been possible without key financial support from Invest Ottawa, Hill + Knowlton, and KoMedia. The evening was part of the Forum’s global dialogue initiative called Shaping Davos, a new concept to bring the world to the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters (January 21-24, 2015), and in turn bring Davos to the world. The Ottawa Hub was selected as one of 40 cities globally to host a local event, which the Hub followed up on Friday morning with a virtual broadcast to Davos-Klosters via satellite with CBC Power & Politics host Evan Solomon from CBC Ottawa headquarters.
On Thursday, in front of a crowd of 100 select guests, we hosted a panel discussion moderated by the Friday host for CTV’s Power Play, Mercedes Stephenson, about: “Canada’s Role in the Future of Governance: Open Government, Engaged Citizens.” Opening the discussion were keynote addresses by Robert Greenhill, founder of Global-Canada and former Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, as well as Peggy Taillon, President of the Canadian Council on Social Development. Panelists included:
- Paul Heinbecker, Canada’s former Ambassador to the United Nations
- Maryantonett Flumian, President of the Institute on Governance
- Ilona Dougherty, Founder, Apathy is Boring
- Giovanna Mingarelli, CEO and Co-Founder, PlayMC2 and Ottawa Global Shaper
- Bryan Smith, Co-Founder & Vice-President, ThinkDataWorks
Through its panel discussion, the Ottawa Hub was tasked with focusing on civic apathy in exploring how modern open data and open governance concepts can tackle the problem. Panelists assessed the need to provide citizens with information, engaging them in real time and empowering them to make decisions in their communities and concluded that such action is critical to improving governance. It is well understood that engaged citizens are critical to nation building, and the panel stated that Canada needs fresh thinking in its political system and engaged citizens can help this. To ensure that our government makes the best policies possible we need greater transparency, participation and collaboration. Canada cannot afford to miss doing this. A full summary of the dialogue will be produced in the coming weeks.