Building Trust and Responsibility – Exploring a New Paradigm: Seminar 1 an Exploratory Dialogue between Policymakers and Civil Society
Author: Jenny Brotchie
This paper summarises issues explored at a one day seminar at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on the 31st March 2014. The seminar was jointly organised by the Carnegie UK Trust and the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate. It brought together members of the OECD’s Public Governance Committee with invitees from philanthropic organisations from across the OECD.
Our discussions in Paris highlighted that there is a growing recognition within government, civil society and philanthropy and, that the most complex problems of our times cannot be readily solved through traditional ‘top down’ ways of working or indeed by one section of society alone. New ways of working that are more responsive and engaged, that provide citizens and communities with more control and that open up opportunities for collaborative working are emerging as a result.
In this new emerging landscape there are both opportunities and risks. There are opportunities to improve the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable individuals and communities in our societies and to rebuild trust in our institutions but this will require collective action from all sections of society.
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