Open Government Podcast


The Open Government Podcast features 10-12min interviews with voices from the Open Government, Open Data, and Civic Engagement communities. You will hear from public servants, technologists, and engaged citizens on how they are working towards creating a more accountable, transparent, and collaborative government.

About the Hosts

Richard Pietro considers himself as a Fanboy of Open Government & Open Data, is a founding member of and was the host for the Open Government Tour (#OGT14), a 20,000km Motorcycle Tour that introduced Open Government & Data to Canadians.

Sameer Vasta is a flâneur, storyteller, letter-writer, egg-whisperer, hugger extraordinaire. He’s interested in how the private sector and public sector can work together to make the world a better place for all of us.


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Title: Season 1 - Teaser #1

Blair Labelle (City of Guelph) - Safe "fail" environment

March 31st, 2015

Blair Labelle, General Manager of Technology and Innovation at the City of Guelph, talks about the Open Data positive trends he’s seeing in Open Data.… Go to Episode

Chad Lubelsky (McConnell Institute) - Social Innovation Liaison

March 30th, 2015

Chad Lubelsky, member of the Program Team at the McConnell Foundation, explains why it is important to integrate Open Data plays into post-secondary education.… Go to Episode

Dan Swislow (National Democratic Institute) - An Equal Seat

March 30th, 2015

Dan Swislow, Senior Partnership Officer at the National Democratic Institute and Lead for the Open Government Partnership’s Legislative Openness Working… Go to Episode

Jennifer Hollett (Atkinson Institute) - We Are Politics

March 28th, 2015

Jennifer Hollett is a former journalist who holds a Master in Public Administration and developed the critically acclaimed Super PAC App at the MIT Media… Go to Episode