The Centre for Public Impact served as knowledge partner at the recent Global Government Summit, hosted by the Singapore Civil Service and organised by Global Government Forum.
The two-day event was attended by top officials from 11 countries, including New Zealand head of state services Peter Hughes; Australian deputy secretary for governance Elizabeth Kelly; UK civil service chief executive John Manzoni; and deputy director-general Matthias Freundlieb of the German Chancellery.
As part of our role, the CPI team initiated a 90-minute conversation on the topic of building trust through open government. The session helped leaders to think about the causes of a breakdown of trust in government, where and why it happens, how it is being dealt with and how governments are set-up to manage it. We demonstrated that trust alone does not equal legitimacy and discussed how far open data and open government can help to build legitimacy and where it falls short too.