Engaging News – Week ending 14 December
This week’s interesting articles and videos about public engagement, leadership, sustainable development and open data.
Public engagement, citizens assemblies and collective impact.
Citizens’ assemblies were introduced in Poland last year, with its recommendations becoming binding. Marcin Gerwin explains what and how a citizens assembly works, essentially where a group of citizens, who mirror their communities’ demographics (age, gender etc) make decisions.
Soft skills are now hard career advice, with implementation & adaptive leadership in a rapid changing environment making the biggest difference to communities, says David Donaldson.
Community engagement is essential to good decision making, facilitating change & enhancing democracy. Max Chardy says the key is in asking the right question.
The early & continuous inclusion of stakeholder engagement (including the internal stakeholders) is important for a successful project.
Smart and Liveable Cities
Trees play an essential role in creating liveable streets for resilient cities in Australia. Nice video from Inner West Council explaining the multiple functions of trees, and how they help make our cities more liveable.
Our cities are blind to children, says Natalia Krysiak and this is having major social, physical & mental health implications. Our smart cities need to be smarter in their design.
Open Data and Tech
“What is the State of Open Data report? A review of the open data movement, communities, issues & global regions looking at capacity to address social & economic challenges.
Fascinating prototype for a social media archive by SLNSW Innovation and Data61. Creating data archives with public social media content in a fun, visual way, allowing future citizens to gain insights into how life is now.
Peter Wells encourages the new Geospatial Commission for the UK to share the MasterMap data as open data. The Commission and MasterMap will be made up from data from HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey, Coal Authority & others.
The Global Open Data Index (GODI) has been an assessing global opendata initiatives since 2013. OKFN delve deeper, arguing impacts are dependent on mobilising data, deliberation spaces & civictech.
Thanks for reading,
Hannah and Alice.