Engaging News – 16.02.2018

Engaging News – week ending 16th February 2018

Engagement, CivicTech, Open Government and Open Data, Sustainability, Resilient and Smart Cities. Every week engage2 finds the best & latest stories to share through our Twitter feeds  – @engage2govern & @emotivate – and forms the weekly round-up here. Join the conversation!


Following the invisible threads can inform our access and relationship to tech, aiding Sustainable Development Goals & sustainability transformations.  


Discussing citizen-driven innovation, James Anderson interviews Mayor of Helsinki, Jan Vapaavuori, about aiding the city to be a centre for innovation testing. 


South Korean mayors & public officials undergo social network analysis of Twitter use & how it can improve government responsiveness in new research paper.

Increasing citizen voice & government responsiveness is the focus of the Making All Voices Count January report, looking at success & who decides what success is. 

An article relating Winter Mason’s lecture on online civic engagement tools, showing how data science can help solve social problems & make debates fairer.  

Smart Cities

Singapore has a theme of resilience & innovation, with Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan supporting the proposal to develop ASEAN smart cities to improve lives & reduce trans boundary crime.

By raising wise generations in smart cities Sebastien Turbot suggests that we reap the benefits of connectivity without “becoming its slave”.  

Resilient Cities

Diversity in Disaster Issues Paper outlines how to work towards a disaster resilient community through increased understanding of diversity within communities.   In preparation for the conference in Melbourne April 17-18.

Kristin Gabriel from City of Sydney now has a talk online about Resilient Cities, speaking about helping cities become more resilient to growing physical, social & economic challenges 

Cities are turning local centres into urban villages, hubs for community participation, increasing people connections & strengthening resilience.  

Open Government

Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2018-2020 planning is open & underway with an event hosted in Sydney March 21 for consultation phase 1.  


Is Co-design the Silver Bullet? Social Design Sydney host Chris Van Stone from The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, for a workshop on March 5th.


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Thanks for reading,

Hannah and the engage2 Team.

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