Engaging News – 8.6.2018

Engaging News – Week ending 8 June

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.

Topics this week: Smart Cities, Sustainable Development Goals, Resilient Cities, Smart Cities, Democratic Participation, Community Engagement,  Open Government and Engage2 News.

 

Engage2 News

Last week Amelia published an article with The Mandarin, discussing how representation can be enhanced with digital democracy.

Canadian deliberative forums & how public engagement fits with democracy are the topics of this engage2’s podcast, where Amelia Loye talks with Robin Prest is the Civic Engagement Program Director at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue.

 

CivicTech

CivicTech is uniting the dispersed Indonesian population by giving them a platform via Horizon State’s blockchain-based community engagement. Read more about this organisation’s work here.

Stemming from the grassroots or flowing from the top, “civictech is democratic innovation at its best”. CivicTech4Democracy gives a little history into the movement and the strength of the volunteer base keeping it on track.

How do we measure civictech impact more effectively? Matt Stempeck addresses 10 problems arising from impact measurement and presents solutions on how to tackle them.

 

Democratic Participation

Digital Nation, Estonia offers free public transport in its city of Tallinn, a decision made via democratic participation, which makes it politically “locked in”. The scheme is now making a profit and stimulating the local economy.

 

Community Engagement

Social Pinpoint is offering free webinars about data privacy and community engagement in light of the GDPR on June 5 and 8.

 

Smart and Resilient Cities

Is your city ‘Analogue’, ‘Wired’, ‘Digital’, ‘Smart’ or ‘ Enlightened’? A white paper from Global Cities Business Alliance which typifies the 5 stages of evolving cities and details the 7 aspirations of a city that incorporates human wellbeing.

The resilient cities discussions turn to infrastructure, finance and collaboration in this conversation between the European CROs, addressing 2018 priorities and future steps.

 

Sustainable Development

The first Future Of Humanity Podcast has been launched! Episode 1 covers how blockchain tech can revolutionize the sale of surplus renewable energy, getting us closer to Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Open Government

An Australian perspective of #OpenGovWeek, highlighting how open government partnerships are enabling governments to reach out to each other to achieve the same goals and build a strong uniform approach to connect citizens.

 

Reading Material

Apolitical have listed 12 books/reports essential for public sector innovators.

This website has hundreds of free resources to help you learn about the Systems Thinking framework.

 

Thanks for reading! Head over to the engage2 ThinkSpace for more news, thoughts and handy resources.

 

Thanks for reading,

Hannah and the engage2 Team

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