#OGT14 Ottawa Event Prospectus

Purpose:

The purpose of this communication is to clarify the context and logistics for participation in the Ottawa 2014 Open Government Tour event being held at Ottawa City Hall on September 16th, 2014. 6:30 – 9:00 PM

THIS EVENT IS FREE and OPEN TO EVERYONE.

This is the Eventbrite link with additional details and to register: http://open-government-grand-bazaar.eventbrite.ca.

Context:

Richard Pietro is an average citizen who has undertaken to do something very much above average. On July 2nd, 2014 he started a cross-Canada motorcycle tour with the objective of bringing attention to, and encouraging citizen engagement in, the Open Government & Open Data movements. You can follow his blog here: http://myeinsteinjob.blogspot.ca/2014/04/open-government-tour-2014.html

His tour will take him from Toronto, ON, east to Charlottetown, PEI, west to Victoria, BC, and back to the Nation’s Capital on September 16th, 2014 to wrap up the tour. There are between 20 and 30 official stops in between where formal events are scheduled, and hundreds of conversations at unofficial stops where Richard is engaging people in on Open Government, Open Data and Civic Engagement conversations. Ottawa is the last stop. Ottawa is the Grand Finale.

The Ottawa Event:

At Ottawa City Hall on September 16th, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 there will be an Open Government Grand Bazaar with a live Talk Show on site – “Richard Pietro and Friends – Live From the Open Government Grand Bazaar at Ottawa’s City Hall”. The entire event will be recorded, webcast and possibly picked up by Media outlets (TV and Radio).

The Grand Bazaar.

The Grand Bazaar itself will have 2 elements. (This will run continuously from 6:30 to 9:00 PM in Jean Piggott Hall.)

  1. The Bazaar stalls themselves will consist of organizations, groups and individuals with a product, service or mission to accomplish on the theme of Open Government, Open Data or Civic Engagement at any level / jurisdiction.
  2. A concurrent “Speakers Corner” where some pre-registered (and perhaps a few walk-In speakers if time permits) are invited to step up to a podium and give a three to five minute talk on any related topic of interest or concern to them, again on the theme of Open Government, Open Data or Civic Engagement any level / jurisdiction.

The Talk Show.

The Talk Show itself will proceed in 4 steps: (This will run continuously from 6:30 to 9:00 PM in Andrew Hayden Room (City Council Chambers))

  1. An introduction to the evening and some key messages from organizers and the host. This is about 30 minutes from 6:30 to 7:00 PM.
  2. Segment #1 of the Talk show – Richard hosts three or four invited celebrity guests who will be interviewed about their opinions, activities, projects from their unique perspectives on the state of Open Government and Civic Engagement (7-7:45PM)
  3. Twenty minute intermission for total focus on the Bazaar.
  4. Segment #2 of the Talk show – Richard hosts three or four more invited celebrity guests who will be interviewed about their opinions, activities, projects from their unique perspectives on Open Data Innovation, Citizen Engagement activities. (8:05-8:50PM)

More about the Grand Bazaar itself: (IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A STALL AT THE GRAND BAZAAR, READ THIS!)

You must register in advance and let us know if electricity and internet (Some tables won’t have either) are required for your demonstrations or presentations. (RSVP to OpenDataInnovation@live.ca) . A table approximately 2’ X 6’ in dimension will be assigned to each Organization, Group or individual registered, for their bazaar “stall”. Some exceptions can be made allowing 2 tables if there is any need. Time allowed for setup will be from 5:30 to 6:30. Be prepared to have “artists” beside you – singing, painting, juggling, making crafts or something wierder. Tips: Keep it simple, but be animated. A Speakers Corner will be happening at the one end of the Hall, and people will be filing in to the Talk Show at the same time. Have a minimal amount of information to hand out, but be ready with your sound bytes. Point people to links or Apps. Swag is always popular. Promote your involvement – the event hashtag is #OGT14. Follow the hashtag leading up to this event. It will be used at other events across the country. Tweet in the run up. Tweet what is happening at your stall on Sept 16th. Get your followers out. You will have a chance to attract new like-minded and engaged followers to your cause from everyone present.

More about “Speakers Corner”:  (IF YOU WANT TO BE A SPEAKER, READ THIS!)

You must register in advance. (respond to OpenDataInnovation@live.ca) There are no props provided – powerpoints will be avoided. If you wish to have a juggler or other busker-type behind you, or to have a couple of colleagues speaking with you, or as props making expressions, holding up applause signs … it is up to you.

This segment of the program is engineered to provide some of the most interesting interaction; to provide the most legitimate civic engagement platform; to encourage some to get out of their comfort zone; and to create space and make connections for future collaboration, idea sharing, inspiration and innovation.

We’re hoping there are sufficient enthusiastic and passionate people who are looking for a platform (or a soapbox) from which to deliver their two cents worth.

There is another potential demographic served by this segment, as well. One of two things happens when participants are given the opportunity to ask questions of a presenter. It’s clumsy when the room goes silent and participants look at the floor. It’s at best clumsy, as well, when someone steps up to the mike and proceeds to take 3 to 5 minutes to make a statement while the presenter smiles and nods. This often ends without even getting to the point of asking a question. The only thing I will judge the latter people for, is making presenters, facilitators and sometimes other participants a little uncomfortable, if not annoyed. They DO have a point to make, however, and in many cases it is a good one. Unfortunately, events are rarely programmed to allow for participant engagement in this way – until now. An event focusing on Open Government, Open Data and Civic Engagement must allow it. If the ideas or points you present are compelling, you will likely have some follow on conversations.

In any case, if you have a message to get across or a long rambling question (or non-question) to ask, then “Speakers Corner” is your chance to get it off your chest. You WILL get the “hook” after 5 minutes, if you last that long. Practise, tell your friends and followers. Your participation will be promoted, and your talk will be recorded.

Promote your involvement – the event hashtag is #OGT14. Follow the hashtag leading up to this event. It will be used at other events across the country. Tweet in the run up. Tweet what is happening at your stall on Sept 16th. Get your followers out. You will have a chance to attract new like-minded and engaged followers to your cause from everyone present.

More about the Talk Show: (IF YOU HAVE IDEAS ABOUT TALK SHOW GUESTS, READ THIS!)

Each of 3-4 guests is introduced one at a time, given 3-4 minutes with Richard in casual conversation. Then the conversation opens up between Richard and all the guests for 15 minutes, after which the audience can get involved for the last 15 minutes. A total of 45 minutes for this segment.

There may be remote participants Skyped in to each segment of the talk show. There will be a talk show band (ala Paul Shaffer)

There will only be 6 to 8 Talk Show Guests covering the general topics proposed. We’re open to a few more suggestions, but remember that the Bazaar Stalls and Speakers Corner provides other outlets to make your voice heard.

The organization:

  • #OGT14 Open Government Fanboy: Richard Pietro
  • #OGT14 Ottawa City Champion: Jacques Mailloux
  • #OGT13 Ottawa City Hall Sponsor: Robert Giggey
  • #OGT14 Ottawa Grand Bazaar Master: Dan Istead
  • #OGT14 Ottawa Speaker’s Corner Master: Richard Akerman
  • #OGT14 Ottawa Video Production: Bengt Neathery, iSi Global Webcasting
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