Seamus’ focus is The Open Gov Foundation and its Madison Project, through which he will use the fellowship year to build tools and establish working models for open government, starting with participatory, collaborative policy making in the United States.
We support Seamus because traditional governments are representing the best interests of all citizens less and less as societies become more complex and inequality grows. Finding ways of enabling and encouraging direct engagement by citizens in decision-making at government level allows for more informed decisions based on both the majority and minority voices.
Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.
At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.
The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.