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How volunteers engage with government: Dawn McDougall (PromptWorks, US) Jill Bjers (Open Charlotte, US)

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This was presented by Dawn McDougall (PromptWorks, US) and Jill Bjers (Open Charlotte, US) at the Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC 2019) in Paris on 20th March 2019. You can find out more information about the conference here: http://tictec.mysociety.org/2019

This was presented by Dawn McDougall (PromptWorks, US) and Jill Bjers (Open Charlotte, US) at the Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC 2019) in Paris on 20th March 2019. You can find out more information about the conference here: http://tictec.mysociety.org/2019

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How volunteers engage with government: Dawn McDougall (PromptWorks, US) Jill Bjers (Open Charlotte, US)

  1. 1. Methods of Engagement for Volunteer Civic Tech Jill Bjers & Dawn McDougall
  2. 2. ➦ Applications Methods of Engagement ➦ Advocacy ➦ Community-Building ➦ Technical Consulting
  3. 3. ● Traditional method ● Easy opportunities to participate ● Can be build for network-sharing Applications
  4. 4. Impact Easy access point for highly skilled volunteers Smaller organizations struggle for sustainability Minimized when network-sharing approach is taken
  5. 5. ● Changes tech into the tool, not the solution ● Helps make lasting change Advocacy
  6. 6. Impact Technology as the tool to drive data-driven advocacy Policy change that brings equality is the social justice work
  7. 7. ● Grassroots relationship building ● Promotes diversity ● Build with, not for Community Building
  8. 8. Community Ambassador Program
  9. 9. Impact Living up to Build With, Not For Stronger connections make better tech & advocacy
  10. 10. ● Most unique & newest way to engage ● Jargon-free conversations with less tech savvy government departments Technical Consulting
  11. 11. Impact Builds relationships with departments when a project isn’t readily available Better RFP makes for better tech, makes for better procurement.
  12. 12. No one method to rule them all.
  13. 13. The Power of a broad approach ● Living up to build with, not for ● Tech is the tool for transformation ● Change is driven by people & relationships with the help of data.
  14. 14. Call To Action Building better government is a social movement. Get involved with your local civic volunteers!
  15. 15. Thank you! Jill Bjers | jill@opencharlotte.org | @jillzey Dawn McDougall | dawn@codeforphilly.org | @de_mcdougs

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