Numbers are all well and good. But we’re not perfect robot machines. That’d be weird.
People take decisions. Beautiful, irrational people. So transparency in organisations can’t only be about publishing vast amounts of data and hoping for the best.
We have to know who is taking the decisions. And who influenced the people that took the decisions. And whether they took the decision before or after lunch.
So open data is great. It’s lovely stuff. But if we’re to make institutions transparent, it’s going to be about people.
Very few people actually engage with numbers. People engage with people. So if we’re looking for public involvement, participation in or scrutiny of global governance institutions, then the people who work for global institutions are going to have to publish who they meet with, what they’re thinking, what they’re reading. What gets them fired up at work; what they worry about. What they’re doing, right now.