How many Australians hate voting, let alone think of taking a more active role in the development of Government policy? Miriam Lyons argues that the most effective form of democratic renewal is for governments to let more citizens through the… more
CPD’s Executive Director Miriam Lyons reflects on the difference between stronger Freedom of Information laws and an ‘open access’ mindset, and argues that it’s time to open the windows of government and let some more light into the big house… more
Taking off his many hats – including as a member of the Government 2.0 Taskforce – Martin Stewart-Weeks connects the Government 2.0 concept to the bigger challenge of creating new ways to govern.
Katherine Szuminska, co-founder of OpenAustralia, looks at what transparency means in a Government 2.0 world, and at how to go about implementing it. She draws on the radically transparent approach of OpenAustralia itself as a demonstration of the benefits transparency… more
Dr Peter Chen, of the University of Sydney, asks ‘What social contract lies at the heart of Government 2.0?’ He argues that the real question for Government 2.0 enthusiasts is how this approach defines the minimum skill set required to… more
Stephen Collins identifies key aspects of public sector culture and management that will need to change if Government 2.0 is to have any real success. And he calls for all public servant supporters of openness to take the lead –… more
Matt Crozier and Crispin Butteriss, from Bang the Table, outline key mechanisms for managing the risks of online engagement, but point out that the bigger risk is faced by those who don’t engage.
Mark Elliot, Darren Sharp and Matt Cooperrider from Collabforge draw on their experience with successful collaborative policy development projects to provide guidelines for effective community engagement in the policy process.
Lee Bryant and James Dellow, of Europe’s leading social technology consultancy, Headshift, propose the application of some 21st century solutions to Australia’s problems: use government spending to seed innovation; harness people power for rapid, iterative improvements to policies and services;… more