Engaging News 18.5.2018


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: Digital Nations, Open Data, Citizen Engagement, Open Government, Engage2 News.

Digital Nations
Estonia is a digital nation, with voting for elections, e-residency & 99% of government services all available online.

Open Data
Find out about how you can use mysociety’s open data, and engage with their new portal data.mysociety.org with Alex Parsons new blog.

Citizen Engagement
Great news for the engagement sector! The Australian Government is reviewing the Australian Public Service to improve future experiences, capability & culture, with citizen participation part of the focus.

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation talked to the Citizens Foundation in this podcast about democracy and citizen participation in Iceland. Their focus is on participatory budgeting & engagetech tools.

A stunning video describing The Better Block Project through which empowered civic engagement ushered in real change & brought back to life a neighbourhood.

A Global Democracy Index is being developed by The Economic Intelligence Unit & Humanitas360, to understand citizen participation as a central pillar of democracy. This study looks at the Americas.

Human-centric design philosophies enables better website design, which helps governments develop more engaging processes for citizens.

Open Government
Open Government progress is going well in Austin, Texas, the only US city chosen for Open Government Partnership pilot. Includes links to more detailed policy documents for open gov geeks.

Become an influencer for open gov with this free and extensive guide that will teach you how to facilitate conversations with public servants. Check out this wonderful work developed by Open Tactics.

As part of #OpenGovWeek Open Government Partnership released the Participation & Cocreation Toolkit, continuing to raise the bar of open gov by encouraging governments to operate differently.

Engage2 News
Last week our director Amelia Loye had an article published with The Mandarin Australia about the most exciting investment in democracy she have seen in years.

Engage2’s two events at Vivid Sydney are selling fast, follow the links below to take you to the ticket and info pages
June 5 – Democracy is Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century – Professional Development Session.
June 16 – Evolving Democracy – for citizens interested in the future of democracy.

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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