Engaging News – 6.4.2018

Engaging News – Week ending 6 April

Every week engage2 finds the best & latest stories of our industry interests and share them as a weekly round up here, and via our Twitter feeds – @engage2govern & @emotivate during the week.  Our topics this week: Sustainable Development, Community Engagement, Open Government, SDGs, Resilient Cities, Democracy.

  

Sustainable Development

International Institute for Environment and Development shared some great stories this  week, including the work of outstanding women in sustainable development and impacting policy processes. The IIED workshopped 3 alternative ways to create SDGs measurement indicators in cities at the 9th World Urban Forum in February and share their results.

Libraries could be key to SDGs framework & implementation, as they cut across government jurisdictions, have potential for high levels of community engagement & are well trusted.

 

Open Data 

Author Ines Mergel writes about the different kinds of data, big data, risks & opportunities with good hints to public servants. 

 

Democracy

What do Australians Want? is an enlightening discussion paper about Australian attitudes towards democracy, participation & community engagement.

Community Democracy is explored in this new report, unpacking complexities beyond deliberative democracy, working with an experiential, hands-on approach & changing power-influences. 

Democracy can only be truly participatory if governments effectively manages relationships & collected info is valued, used in decision-making. Read more in “Designing for Digital Democracy“.

  

Open Government

#OpenGovWeek is 7-11 May! Events, seminars, hackathons, public debates, webinars, opendata releases & other civic participation happening around the world. 

Ben Worthy writes about the UK experience of open government, with recommendations for the future.

Enabling innovation, attracting young people with open government & valuing citizen empowerment are key priorities suggested by Lindi Mazibuko to help Africa move forward.

 

Community Engagement

An amazing case study about community engagement in pursuing Sustainable Development Goals. Duncan Macqueen reflects on mass mobilisation to protect the forest & boost business.

Born out of environmental neglect, Cooperation Richmond is an inspiring community engagement story of how citizens have created an incubation hub for resilience & revitalisation.

Further calls for greater collaboration from governments & citizen engagement as we continue learning from smart, resilient cities progress. New insights and case studies from Alison Kay.

 

engage2 News

Do you think about your digital presence? What ways can you impact democracy? How can engagetech & civictech help us in evolving democracy? Join us on 5th June at our Vivid Sydney event to find out more.

 

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Thanks for reading,

Hannah and the engage2 Team.

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