Engaging News 13.4.2018


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: Community Engagement, Smart Cities, Deliberative Democracy, Civictech, Tech and AI.


Community Engagement
Using computer games for participatory community engagement? It’s been done! This is a prototype started in a Nairobi playground, now in 12 different countries

Artist Michael Pinsky is engaging with London citizens & their sense of smell with pollution pods, an interactive art installation featuring air quality of 5 different cities around the world.

Public policy is redefining its goals, moving away from GDP to a more human focus says Elena Bagnera reporting from the launch of Bennett Institute.


Smart Cities
Local governments need a good digital strategy to protect & grow their regions. Dave Briggs shares his top 6 themes for enhancing digital infrastructure.

Newcastle is rolling out their LoRaWAN (LOng RAnge Wide Area Network) network over the next 6 weeks, with hopes that the smart cities project will entice entrepreneurs and companies to choose to innovate the city.


Deliberative Democracy
Interesting research about deliberative democracy, showing that typical political engagement is dependent on socio-demographics while deliberative practices receive more positive results, regardless of socio-demographics.

Interested in public deliberation? Click here to find the top papers downloaded from The Journal of Public Deliberation & catch up on academic theory & case studies.


Ukrainian activists are rocking the country’s civic tech & open data movement. Denis Gursky, who’s open government data platform led him to be an advisor for parliament, shares what’s up next for the country.

Short blog from Maria Nyberg on the first UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport civil society strategy conversation in Birmingham, with links to their toolkit for community engagement.


Tech and AI
Calling for AI industry players to design an ethical framework for AI projects Eric Schmidt, Genevieve Bell & UK House of Lords all highlight the importance of defining terms & governing principles.

With advances in tech, AI & driverless cars, it gives the opportunity reimagine urban spaces, asking about citizens regreening, placemaking & new living spaces.


engage2 News 
We have two events at Vivid Sydney this year!

1. Democracy is being disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century – June 5th, 6:00-7:30pm, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, The Gallery Room.

Examine how democracy is being disrupted globally, with an opening address with Alan DuPont – Geopolitical security expert and Lowy Institute fellow,  followed by a panel chaired by Tom Burton, publisher of The Mandarin, featuring Elizabeth Tydd – NSW Information Commissioner, Daryl Karp – Museum of Australian Democracy, Iain Walker – Executive Director – newDemocracy Foundation, Amelia Loye – Director of engage2 and Adam Beck – Smart Cities Council, Australia New Zealand.


2. Evolving Democracy – 16th June, 5.30-7.30pm, Museum of Contemporary Art: 140 George St, The Rocks.

Facilitated by Ross Dawson, a group of leading academics and professionals in democracy and community engagement will share and invite your participation in a discussion about the future of our democracy. Topics will include: Democracy 101, new tools and techniques, and talking about what should participation in a representative democracy look like?

We hope to see you there!



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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