The emergence of internet is connecting more people than ever before. It breaks barriers previously considered unbreachable. With it, a new generation has arisen that finds internet self-evident. A generation that is able to deal with possibilities that arise as a consequence of the internet. Equally, this idealistic, creative and cooperative generation works on finding solutions to complex problems created by this digitalization.
Our future is marked with uncertainty. How can we keep government affordable? How can we create and maintain liveable space? How do we co-exist with each other in a globalising world? It is clear that government cannot cope with this ever increasing amount of questions as it is simply not equipped to do so. Old fashioned methods and ideas about the organisation of society will no longer do the job. Citizens are ever more dissatisfied as the gap between them and governmental institutions grows. Solutions to these problems can be found by using, rather than restricting, the internet.
The world wide web is more than just a campaigning tool for politicians. It can help governments do their work better and more efficiently. There is an open, creative system out there upon which citizens and businesses can build together. Question arises why this should not be so for government.
An open government lets citizens help it create an open society. In this open society, there is dialogue between government officials and citizens alike in order to solve current and complex problems. It is not a place where talking has the upper hand, but making. An open organisation for an open society: the Open State Foundation. We are makers.