(This is a new discussion starter, added 14 March 2018.)
Our society works best if people trust each other and if citizens trust government and public officials and institutions. Trust is associated with fairer societies and stronger economies. But we know that trust - in government, and also in business, the media and non-government organisations - has been on the decline globally.
Opening up government may contribute to rebuilding trust and this can be influenced by how all institutions engage with the public. People are generally more able to trust what they can see and understand, and what they can influence.
So how can we open government help reverse this decline in public trust?
What would help build your trust in government and institutions?
- 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer
- Open Government Partnership Report 2017: Trust: The Fight to Win It Back
- Rethinking Citizen Engagement 2017
- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Empowered Communities
- What effective, relevant, and ambitious ideas related to this theme should the government consider?
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