Istanbul Innovation Days 2018: #NextGenGov

The Istanbul Innovation Days (IID) have become a well-known annual gathering of partners to explore and accelerate organizational learning about emerging trends and innovative approaches to development and policy making. For UNDP, IID have emerged as a central R&D mechanism to help rethink and challenge our work continuously and build a new generation of services with and for our partners and clients by incentivizing emerging initiatives and experiments around strategic issues.

This year, the IID features #NextGenGov, focusing on emerging global trends impacting governance mechanisms and approaches and aiming to contextualize their potential implications around the world through collaborative experimentation

In a complex and rapidly changing world, it will not be sufficient to analyse, theorize and subsequently roll out traditional answers to the fundamental challenges we face. We see the emergence of new threats as well as opportunities for the futures of human rights, responsive institutions, civic activism & participation, and conflict resolution.  At the point of intersection among these individual policy streams the IID will present a series of experiments, both challenging and acting as a provocation and to explore the key fundamental question: How can we take ahuman-centered approach to developing and deploying 21st century technology and innovation to unlock more just, sustainable, inclusive and peaceful societies?

At IID, organised this year in partnership with Dark Matter Laboratories of London,we will bring together internal and external partners to showcase methodologies and practical examples of innovative governance and peacebuilding practices in different countries and settings. Our aim is to facilitate wider discussions and create spaces for experimentation complementary to our existing practices with a greater focus on innovation in governance and peacebuilding.

For more information on the frame of IID, see the UNDP / Dark Matter blog “#NextGenGov (the Big Boring Bureaucratic Revolution)

Programme

27-28-29 November 2018

All sessions are in English language

27

Nov, 2018

09:00 – 09:30
Kick-off and Opening

Intent is to ground the next few days in the broader UNDP #NextGenGov, bringing together Innovation and Governance & Peacebuilding clusters and focus on innovative potential beyond the conference, highlight partnership with Dark Matter Labs, set high level expectations.

  • Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director For Europe and the CIS
  • Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director for EU Affairs, Government of Turkey
09:30 – 10:15
Keynote
  • Nika Gilauri, Former Prime Minister of Georgia
  • Nikolaj Juncher Wædegaard, Deputy Tech Ambassador & Head of Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Denmark
10:15 – 10:30
Break
10:30 – 11:00
Introduction to 6 Zones of Experiments (ZoXs) and expectations
11:00 – 14:00

SESSION 1 ZOX

The commons

Introduction: Michel Bauwens, Founder and Vision Coordinator, P2P Foundation

Host: Marco Poletto, Co-Founder / Director, EcoLogic

Frame: Technological progress enables new multi-actor collaborative governance models for the commons. But how to unlock greater public engagement in debates about the commons, their stewardship and legitimate moral claims, at a time where multiple other pressures and narrow territorialism seem to take precedence?

Ex1: Gregory Landua, CEO, & Daniel Swid, Regen Network
Ex2: Alice Sharp, Curator and Director, Invisible Dust


Violence, conflict, social cohesion

Host: Julie Hawke, Associate, Build UP

Frame: Emergence of new types violence (molecular/neurological and impact identity formation and polarization). ‘State’ legitimizes its push to be all present and all seeing, a panoptic being. In light of increasing trans-nationalization of the effects of conflict, how do we predict, prevent and respond to violence?

Ex1: Bob Trafford, Researcher, Forensic Architecture
Ex2: Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis, Manager, UN Pulse Lab Kampala

14:00 – 15:00
Lunch
15:00 – 18:00

SESSION 2 ZOX

Economic science fiction

Host: Edgeryders Research Network

Featuring a panel discussion between Malka Older, Writer; Raffaele Miniachi, Economist; and Alberto Cottica, Research Director, Edgeryders and immersive experiments with Anique Yael Vered, Head of Development: Edgeryders Research Network & Alex Levene, Associate Producer: Edge Arts & Culture, Edgeryders.

Frame: Does ‘science fiction’ writing point to alternative ways of organizing resources and building new, just economic systems? What can we learn from speculative fiction about potential future economics? The session provides a platform and fertile environment for the exploration of the economic ideas in science fiction. We explore the pairing between science fiction speculation and economic theory. What is already happening? What can be seen in the data? How does engaging this lens open up innovative ways of implementing new economic and development strategies?

 


Migrant nations

Host: Simon Zadek
Frame: Growing numbers of displaced persons pointing to disintermediation of state and citizens in service provision, giving rise to new markets and services around finance, economics but also health, justice, education. How can we provide protection, and access to services for those displaced?

Ex1: Vasja Bočko, CEO & Co-founder, IRYO
Ex2: Sahra-Josephine Hjorth, Co-founder, Canopy Lab
Ex3: Saqib Sheikh, Project Director, Rohingya Project

18:00 – 18:30
Plenary – short reflection / participative exercise
18:30 – 20:00
Exhibition and Reception: Art and culture: weak signals from the future

28

Nov, 2018

09:00 – 10:00
Taking stock and navigating the way forward
  • UNDP, Dark Matter
  • Primavera de Filippi, Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
10:00 – 13:00

SESSION 3 ZOX

Urban governance

Host: Gabriella Gomez-Mont , Director, Mexico City Lab
Frame: Cities are emerging as leaders of experimentation with new civic accords – be it in climate change mitigation; asserting refugee rights; or service provision. How can we harness the technological progress and transform ways we govern and regulate cities effectively whilst actively involving citizens in this data-driven regulatory future?

Ex1: Vijay Kandy, Co-founder, Decibel
Ex2: Gaston Gonnet, Principal Investigator for Montevideo, Uruguay & Osman Ugur Sezerman, Principal Investigator for Izmir, Turkey, Metasub
Ex3: Marcos García, Artistic Director, Media Lab – Prado


Power & decision-making

Host: Anthony Zacharzewski, Founder, The Democratic Society
Frame: We are witnessing a fundamental evolution of power and innovation in decision-making, accelerated by new technology. What avenues does the diffusion and concentration of power create in policymaking?

Ex1: Jane Suiter, Co-Principal Investigator, Ireland Citizens’ Assembly
Ex2: Nathan Tumuhamye, Director, Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab
Ex3: Andreas Pawelke, Open Knowledge Foundation

13:00 – 13:30
Plenary – Short Reflection / Participative Exercise
13:30 – 14:30
Lunch
14:30 – 16:00

Addressing tension: Evidence based versus Experimentation-based policy:

Frame: Assumption is that experimentation-based policy is forward looking and iterative and thus capable of addressing the tensions. How do we address the gap between emerging practice and solutions from bottom up and realities/politics and power of current governance and decision making in public sector?

Moderator: Gerd Trogemann, Manager, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub

Panelists:

  • Pia Andrews, Executive Director, Digital Government, Policy & Innovation, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, Government of New South Wales, Australia
  • Alexandre Pólvora, Policy Analyst, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, EU Policy Lab
  • Angela Hanson, Innovation Lead, OECD-Observatory of Public Sector Innovation
  • Umut Berker Sevilmis, Project Specialist and Trainer, Nilüfer Municipality, Turkey
  • Nino Gvinadze, Data Analyst, Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues, Government of Georgia
  • Stephen Coulson, Head of Sustainable Initiatives Office, European Space Agency
16:00 – 16:15
Break
16:15 – 17:45
Reflections on the future of Governance and Peacebuilding

Frame: Reflection/critical exploration on how/should the learning from the past 2 days be translated back into #NextGenGov for UNDP and partners.

Moderator: Sarah Lister, Director, Oslo Governance Centre

Speakers:

  • Svetlana Zhakupova, Vice-Minister of labor and social protection, Government of Kazakhstan
  • Hossein Derakhshan, Research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center
  • Martin Gramatikov, Director Measuring Justice, HiiL
  • Sana Farrukh, Research Associate Digital Rights Foundation
  • Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director, Conciliation Resources
  • Shakirat Toktosunova Country Representative International Alert, Kyrgyzstan
17:45 – 18:00
Close of Day 2 and Farewell for the majority of externals

29

Nov, 2018

Design Lab #NextGenGov (Internal UNDP Event)
09:30 – 09:50
Welcome and Introduction – Scene setting and expectations

Frame: Day 3 of IID will be dedicated to reflections and discussions to design UNDP’s #NextGenGov Agenda.

  • Rastislav Vrbensky, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS
  • Patrick Keuleers, Director, Governance and Peacebuilding, UNDP Global Policy Bureau
09:50 – 11:15
Reflections on Istanbul Innovation Days – Key takeaways and new approaches to strengthening SDG 16

Frame: During the first 2 days of IID, the participants will have engaged with a series of experiments, explored experimentation vs evidence-based policy and heard from leading policy makers of their reflections on innovation and new technologies for the future of governance and peacebuilding. How can this be translated into UNDP’s policy and programmatic engagement on governance and peacebuilding?

Facilitator: Robert Bernardo, Policy Specialist, Capacity Development and Institutional Strengthening

Panelists:

  • Marcus Brand, Democratic Governance Advisor, UNDP Ukraine
  • Oleh Protsyk, Peace and Development Advisor, UNDP Georgia
  • Kamila Mukhamedkhanova, Head of Good Governance, UNDP Uzbekistan
  • Jelena Manic, Team Leader, Governance, UNDP Serbia
  • Doina Munteanu, Project Manager, UNDP Libya
  • David Maina, Team Leader, Governance, Peace and Security, UNDP Kenya
11:15 – 11:30
Break
11:30 – 13:00
Identifying opportunities for advancing #NextGenGov Agenda

Frame: How can we capitalise on opportunities to integrate the #NextGenGov Agenda in new Global Policy Network, whilst responding effectively to realities on the ground.

Moderator: Ozonnia Ojielo, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Kyrgyz Republic

Panelists:

  • Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Moldova
  • Osnat Lubrani,  UN Resident Coordinator UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ukraine
  • Sarah Lister, Director, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 16:00
What is the #NextGenGov Agenda to advance SDG 16

Frame: Practical hands-on session where small groups work together to produce strategic portfolio of demand-driven solutions/experiments that are based on key takeaways from IID, whilst reflecting on the internal and external contexts.

Facilitators:

  • Nicholas Booth, Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster Leader a.i., UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
  • Isabelle Tschan, Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster Leader a.i., UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub
  • Jessica Banfield, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Specialist, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub
  • Jennifer Colville, Innovation Team Leader, Amman Regional Hub
  • Mohamed Yahya, Coordinator Regional Programme, Addis Ababa
16:00 – 16:30
Break
16:30 – 17:00
The way forward and closing remarks

Frame: Presentation of results from previous session followed by reflections.

Speakers

Below photos are in alphabetical order by last names of speakers

Mirjana Spoljaric Egger

Mirjana Spoljaric Egger

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

Faruk Kaymakcı

Faruk Kaymakcı

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director for EU Affairs

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Founder and Vision Coordinator, P2P Foundation

Vasja Bočko

Vasja Bočko

CEO & Co-founder, IRYO Network

Alberto Cottica

Alberto Cottica

Head of Research, Edgerdyers

Hossein Derakhshan

Hossein Derakhshan

Research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center

Sana Farrukh

Sana Farrukh

Lawyer, Research Associate, Digital Rights Foundation

Primavera De Filippi

Primavera De Filippi

Researcher at CERSA/CNRS, Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Marcos García

Marcos García

Director, Medialab-Prado

Nino Ghvinadze

Nino Ghvinadze

Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration

Nika Gilauri

Nika Gilauri

Former Prime Minister of Georgia

Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Founder, Laboratorio para la Ciudad

Gaston Gonnet

Gaston Gonnet

Professor, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Institute of Scientific Computation

Martin Gramatikov

Martin Gramatikov

Director of Measuring Justice at HiiL User Friendly Justice

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Artist, Stranger Visions

Angela Hanson

Angela Hanson

Innovation Lead, OECD

Julie Hawke

Julie Hawke

Associate, Build Up

Sahra-Josephine Hjorth

Sahra-Josephine Hjorth

CEO and Co-Founder, CanopyLAB

Vijay Kandy

Vijay Kandy

Co-founder, Decibel.Live

Gregory Landua

Gregory Landua

CEO, Regen Network

Alex Levene

Alex Levene

Associate Producer: Edge Arts & Culture, EdgeRyders

Sarah Lister

Sarah Lister

Director, Oslo Governance Centre

Raffaele Minaichi

Raffaele Minaichi

Professor of Economics, University of Brescia

Andreas Pawelke

Andreas Pawelke

Chair of the Board, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

Marco Poletto

Marco Poletto

Co-Founder / Director, EcoLogic

Alexandre Pólvora

Alexandre Pólvora

Policy Analyst / Researcher, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis

Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis

PhD, Manager, United Nations Pulse Lab Kampala

Umut Berker Sevilmis

Umut Berker Sevilmis

Project Specialist and Trainer, Nilüfer Municipality, Turkey

Alice Sharp

Alice Sharp

Curator, Founder and Director, Invisible Dust

Saqib Sheikh

Saqib Sheikh

Project Director, Rohingya Project

Jane Suiter

Jane Suiter

Director, Institute for Future Media and Journalism

Bob Trafford

Bob Trafford

Researcher and Project Coordinator, Forensic Architecture

Gerd Trogemann

Gerd Trogemann

Manager of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia Istanbul Regional Hub

Nathan Tumuhamye

Nathan Tumuhamye

Director, Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab

Anique Yael Vered

Anique Yael Vered

Head of Development, Research Network - Edgeryders

Liam Young

Liam Young

Architect, Director and Co-Founder, Tomorrow Thoughts Today

Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski

Founder, The Democratic Society

Simon Zadek

Simon Zadek

Principal, Project Catalyst

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