Collaboration Spaces

Many goverment departments have engagement areas/labs for testing their Ideas. In City centres centralised centres i.e Centralink, Library or StartUp spaces could be used to engage with public and experts.

Fund a space where departments can book a room to gather feedback on a prototype or run an engagement activity with a calendar of activities posted so the public can book or appear for engagements they are interested in.

Why the contribution is important

A central location in CBD areas can encourage multiple departments to engage with the public and each other. Normalising engagement may help reduce friction in having a public engagment. To succeed a streamlined approval for engagements is needed across the APS.

by Student2169 on March 05, 2018 at 03:40PM

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  • Posted by ProjectTeam March 05, 2018 at 16:51

    Interesting idea, and one that a few people mentioned in workshops prior to us putting these Concepts up here.

    I think City of Melbourne already does stuff like this - no doubt there are other examples in Australia and around the world! :)[…]/bookable-spaces.aspx
  • Posted by berrygiesd March 06, 2018 at 10:30

    Great to get public input, but it shouldn't be only in the cbd - suburban and regional input is just as important and it needs to be accessible!
  • Posted by markimark March 07, 2018 at 11:28

    I like the idea of 'normalising' public engagement. It is important to get 'average' citizens involved and engaged in policy development and this idea is on the right track in proposing to take advantage of public spaces that most citizenry already use and are familiar with.
  • Posted by Evansn March 13, 2018 at 10:53

    You could consider whether this needs a permanent venue. An alternative would be to create a team of engagement experts who would create 'pop-up' engagement spaces in highly frequented areas i.e. take the engagement to the people.

    We also need to be realistic about its application, this model is only likely to be cost effective in cities/regional towns (which is fine BTW).
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