Title: A Very Social Media Metropolis
A feedback loop of innovation within social processes and online tools has introduced a new reality, one where complex tasks such as writing an encyclopedia or planning the knowledge city of tomorrow are increasingly being crowd-sourced through social media. By leveraging the 'wisdom of the crowd' online communities are collaboratively crafting the future of our cities.
However, whilst the tools and case studies exist, there is to date, no developed body of knowledge on how to purposefully engineer such collaborative online communities. What are the right processes? What online tools best support these processes? If we build the tools, how do we ensure people will come? If they do come, how do we ensure they’ll do what we want them to?
This session will showcase the development process for the participatory design behind successful Gov 2.0 initiatives such as the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne (the world’s first collaborative city plan), Parks Victoria's wePlan online consultation platform, EPA Victoria's organisational Web 2.0 Framework, and Southern California's bicycle and pedestrian planning wiki.
Key learnings from these projects will be covered with a focus on the ethical and practical needs for approaches to collaborative design. Specifically, the need for collaborative participation on the part of agency staff and stakeholders in the design Gov 2.0 projects.