Episode #23 – The Open Government Tour of Canada with Richard Pietro

bio picEpisode 23 is the first to roll out in 2015! But don’t let that fool you… we recorded it in 2014. But what might fool you is that there’s some new voices in town on the OKCast this year. I (Alex) was joined by Jeremia Kimelman (@jeremiak) in creating an intro that frames this lovely interview with Richard Pietro, the motorcycle rider and self-proclaimed Open Government fanboy. It’s part of a new OKCast in 2015 – one with more hosts, more voices, more interviews, and new kinds of coverage. Welcome aboard! And as always, let us know what you think.

This interview has been a long time coming. Richard went on his Open Government Tour across Canada in the summer of 2014. We meant to get him on earlier, but the delay actually meant that we got his reflections across the course of his tour – and they turn out to be very interesting! A worthwhile listen for other Open Gov fan-people, as well as anyone trying to build “open” communities.

During the interview, Richard tells us about how one attendee on his tour taught him about the value of mandalas – a symbol that participants could draw to focus their attention and prompt different, creative thinking. Here’s one image of the mandalas from the tour.

Mandalas, CC-BY, Richard Pietro

Mandalas, CC-BY, Richard Pietro

Oh, and a few lovely links from Richard!

As well as some videos he’s produced about open government:

Open Government is the Daft Punk of Government


Rant: We Are Open People

The Open Government Turtle

Open Gov Turtle, CC-BY, Richard Pietro

Open Gov Turtle, CC-BY, Richard Pietro

The Open Gov Tour Motorcycle

Open Gov Bike, CC-BY, Richard Pietro

Open Gov Bike, CC-BY, Richard Pietro

Alex Fink

Editor & Host at The OKCast
In addition to hosting the OKCast, I am a Ph.D. student in Youth Studies at the University of Minnesota. I study methods of making research to document injustice and resistance available to young people to create social change. My particular focus is on the political economy and ecology of data, including data collection, data use, data access/sharing, data economics, and the ideologies surrounding it.

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