Chauntez Dillet-Wilson published Flight 3 - October 9th 2020 in Civil Society Conclave 2020 2020-10-05 16:41:57 -0400
"INTEGRITY IS CHOOSING COURAGE OVER COMFORT. IT'S CHOOSING WHAT IS RIGHT OVER WHAT IS FUN, FAST, OR EASY. IT'S CHOOSING TO PRACTICE YOUR VALUES RATHER THAN SIMPLY PROFESSING THEM."
~ Brene Brown, Professor of Social Work at University of Houston and renowned researcher and expert on the natures of courage, leadership, and empathy
I Have a Dream
The School Shark Tank
School-age children make up 25% of Bahamian citizens yet are not actively included in civic engagement and participation. They are directly impacted by school and learning environments— as the primary beneficiaries of schools – but, despite this, are often not consulted in the conversations and decisions that shape and develop these environments.
The “I Have A Dream” School Shark Tank is an ORG Bahamas Education Program/Event which provides a platform to empower youth, amplify their voices, and advance their ideas, plans and dreams for education in The Bahamas. After all, who has more intimate knowledge of what is and isn’t working for Bahamian students than the students themselves?
The 2019 Inaugural I Have A Dream School Shark Tank finals was held at Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) and Fusion Superplex. With the assistance of their teacher chaperones and mentors from LCIS the students learned about all aspects of school development and advocacy, from curricular development to teaching styles, to designing environments for learning. The students presented their dream schools to expert judges and a live audience See the presentations from the winning and finalist teams below:
Winner: Sadie Curtis School
Runner Up: Christian Heritage School
3rd Place: H.O. Nash
For more information on this program Click Here!
Chauntez Dillet-Wilson published ORG: Working for Good Governance at Home and Abroad in Blog 2019-07-12 13:35:02 -0400
As ORG calls for more open and transparent governance, increased citizen participation and greater collaboration among civil society, government, and the private sector in, sometimes it can feel that we are alone. However, as Executive Director Matt Aubry, learned at the Open Government Partnership Summit, in Ottawa, Canada in late May, our calls for positive, inclusive and sustainable reforms to governance echo the majority around the world.
This year, ORG was selected to attend The Summit, which brought together over 2,000 representatives of government and civil society to discuss ways to leverage open government initiatives and build stronger, more accountable, and responsive democracies. The Open Government Partnership(OGP) is an international organization of reformers inside and outside of government, working to transform how government serves its citizens and includes 79 member countries. Over the past years, the Organization for Responsible Government has used many of the resources and research created by the OGP in the development of our positive reform initiatives.
The holidays are here! That special time of year when people around the world give thanks, give joy, give gifts and Give Back. This year we launch the giving season with #GivingTuesday, a global day to harness the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity. Every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving millions of people around the world come together to champion the causes they believe in and the communities they live in.
If you believe in a better education for our youth, fair and accountable government, and an economy that allows all to prosper - here are some ways you can launch your giving season with ORG!
1) Give a Gift
The Organization for Responsible Governance couldn't do the work that it does without the generous support of donors like you! Your gift will fund research, programs, and policies to improve the education system in our country, fight corruption, ensure government accountability and transparency, and grow the Bahamian economy.
*To donate in US Dollars please click HERE.
2) Give Your Time
The work we do would be impossible without the diverse, generous volunteers who make our programs a reality. Whether you give your voice, your time, or your expertise we invite you to join ORG's team of dedicated advocates and change agents working for brighter tomorrow for The Bahamas.
3) Give a Shout
Why do YOU give? This Giving Tuesday, spread the word about the giving movement why you give to ORG by posting an "UNselfie". Here is how! Once you have donated or signed up to volunteer (or if you are already a donor or volunteer) print out this sheet and write down why you choose to give to ORG. Snap a photo of yourself holding up your reason and post it on Facebook with the tags "@ORG Bahamas Foundation" and "#GivingTuesday". It's as easy as that: Write. Snap. Post. Tag.
However you give, ORG is thankful for each supporter that has helped us get to where we are. Every act of generosity counts!
Chauntez Dillet-Wilson published #FacesofFOIA on Parade - A Gallery in Blog 2017-03-06 14:28:05 -0500
Less than two weeks into the year thousands took to the streets with the We March Movement to protest the many broken promises of various governments over the years. Amongst the most decried topics was the call for a strong, fair Freedom of Information Act. Today the act is passed, with seven amendments suggested by civil society and the people, thanks to the voices of concerned citizens like the WeMarchers. See our gallery of the many #FacesofFOIA who dedicated their time to ensuring we all have the right to know.
For more #FacesofFOIA photos visit our Facebook Page!
Chauntez Dillet-Wilson published Where Do We Go From Here? - Freedom of Information in Blog 2017-03-06 14:27:44 -0500
Where Do We Go From Here? - Freedom of Information
We are exceedingly proud that through our collective efforts, with your help, seven of the amendments put forward by our coalition of FOIA advocates were accepted in The Freedom of Information Bill 2016 which, after months of advocacy was passed in the House of Assembly on February 8th.
Since April 2016 The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) and our partners have brought suggestions and pressed amendments for the bill to ensure it is a strong, fair bill for the people. With help from members and supporters like you, ORG was a part of a collective effort that saw twenty-one diverse civil society groups representing more than 100,000 residents come together to act. Most importantly, over 2,000 citizens sent letters to their MPs and signed the petition on The Campaign For the Bahamas platform and thousands more raised their voices, asked questions, and stood up for our right to know.
ORG sent letters to MPs with our priority recommendations and liaised with sympathetic members of parliament. Our partner, Citizens for a Better Bahamas (CBB) created a detailed assessment document highlighting civil society’s priority recommended amendments and benchmarks in other Westminster systems. On the day of the debate, ORG, CBB, Rise Bahamas, and ReEarth continued the advocacy in parliament, distributing this assessment and lobbying with MPs on breaks. Ultimately all of our priority points were discussed by MPs from both sides of the aisle.Read more
Chauntez Dillet-Wilson published Partner Profile: Citizens for a Better Bahamas in Blog 2017-03-06 14:27:12 -0500
Partner Profile: Citizen's For a Better Bahamas
By: Kevante Cash, ORG Volunteer
If you run in advocacy and activist circles or have been following the conversation about Freedom of Information, you have probably already heard of our civil society partner Citizens for a Better Bahamas (CBB).
CBB was formed prior to the introduction of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) by a group of “concerned citizens” who firmly believed in the principles of accountability and transparency within government. These citizens insisted that these values be implemented ahead of the introduction of any new tax on Bahamians and residents.
Today, CBB’s greatest focus is The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which will allow Bahamians access to information in a timely manner and hold the government responsible for its decisions. The group was a major player in civil society’s assessment and benchmarking of the Freedom of Information Bill 2015 and the advocacy efforts which saw seven of civil society’s recommended amendments included in the final bill.Read more