Outside/In: The Winds of Change in Political Windows

Never waste a good crisis: a maxim bolstered by a year of a global pandemic and advocacy for racial equity. Moments of political upheaval and societal distress, destabilizing though they may be, have historically been the key to opening windows of opportunity for civil society reformers to muscle through progressive policy agendas. REFORMER INSIGHTS  This…

Outside/In: What Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal Can Teach Us About Leaving Office Gracefully

Click here to listen to the interview   Transcript Ambika: Welcome to the third edition of our podcast series for Outside/In: international perspectives on governance challenges in the United States. Today, I’ll be speaking to Marc-André Boisvert, research manager at Global Integrity and my co-French wine drinker. He was a correspondent for AP for two…

Regaining Trust and Bridging the Divide: Identity Politics and Elections

  Political identity is a divisive topic, even when it’s not election season. Today, the word “polarization” is nearly synonymous with politics in the United States, with a recessive trend of closing civic spaces and restrictive conservatism growing globally. A few relevant questions from our Open Gov Hub community came up during our live discussion…

Outside/ In: Media is the Medium of Human Understanding — Let’s Use it to Unite Us

There is a certain duality to journalism. It can build trust or polarize us. It can provide more information or convince us of lies. What can the U.S. learn from journalist organizations working globally before the 2020 elections? And what international democracy and media lessons apply to the American political context?  Our recent roundtable discussion…

An Outside/In Look at Redesigning Democracy through Participation: An Interview with SOLE Colombia

Click here to listen to the interview   Transcript Ambika: Welcome everyone. I’m here today with Sanjay Fernandes, the founder and Director of SOLE Colombia foundation, who’s purpose is to transform the future of learning in Colombia. SOLE is a disruptive educational methodology that empowers communities to develop autonomy, collaboration, deep learning and most important…