Webinar: Community engagement and citizen-centric design

Join three international and Australian experts to explore community engagement and citizen-centric design in this fifth Future Ready webinar on Friday 23 June, hosted by Brook Dixon from the Australian Smart Communities Association.

  • How is your digital democracy evolving?
  • What is the role of digital technology?
  • How can we empower the community and unlock creativity?
  • What works, and what are the risks?

About the presenters

  • Emily Shaw is Senior Implementation Advisor, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence, UC Berkeley. She spent several years leading state and local policy work at the Sunlight Foundation where she supported the development of open data policies as well as other initiatives aimed at increasing public access and involvement. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has written on municipal civic technology, data publication, privacy, and the implications of state and local policy shifts for political outcomes. 

  • Iain Walker, Executive Director of the newDemocracy Foundation in Australia. The Foundation's work focuses on exploring and delivering systemic structural reform based on a complementary role for randomly selected everyday people alongside elected representatives. nDF’s processes involve giving citizens vastly extended time and access to multiple sources of information to see if they can find common ground.

  • Dan Popping from Bang The Table will highlight some South Australian examples where citizens are successfully being engaged online, and directly informing policy making and the strategic decisions that are shaping the cities of our future.


Webinar: Friday, 23 June 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM AEST – online session

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Future Ready

The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) and the Australian Government have partnered to deliver five Future Ready webinars to kick-start communities’ digital transformation journeys.

Future Ready complements the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program by supporting local governments and their communities to collaborate with industry to formulate smart city ideas and projects.