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Collaborating with the Crowd: Online Planning & Consultation
Dr Mark Elliott, Director, Collabforge
“Social media”, “online collaboration and consultation”, “government 2.0” - these disruptive trends are changing and challenging the landscape of business as usual consultation and planning practice. What’s all the noise about and what are the opportunities? New online tools and approaches are introducing a new reality, one where complex tasks such as writing an encyclopaedia or engaging an entire metropolis in public policy development can be “crowd-sourced” through online participation.
These new approaches not only afford for broader engagement and extended audience reach, but they also lead to better outcomes through tapping collective intelligence and increasing shared ownership and buy-in. This session will showcase a range of successful Gov 2.0 initiatives such as the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne (‘The city plan anyone can edit’) and wePlan Parks Victoria (‘Help guide the future of Victoria’s Parks’), with a focus on introducing you to the key opportunities and considerations.
Keynote presentation delivered at: Planning Institute of Australia NSW State Conference 2011, September 2011, Wollongong