The Heart and Soul of Australia
Putting citizens at the centre of power …
Ken Coghill, Tim Smith, Monash University Accountability Round Table
Michelle Lucas, Desert Knowledge Australia, remoteFOCUS
Matthew Gordon, OurSay, Hepburn Shire Council and e-democracy
Stefan Grafe, Overcoming citizen detachment and passivity
Danielle Annells, Citizen Juries and collaborative governance
Bonnie Shaw, Designing collaborative community-powered experiments
Susan Benedyka, Voice for Indi - true participatory democracy
Nina Collins, City of Yarra, Changing the way we do government grants
Siegfried Drews, Technology platforms for self-directed services
Michael Spiegel, Empowering consumers and small businesses
Eyal Halamish, Deliberative democracy and The Citizen's Agenda
Keith Heggart, Justice Citizens, The future of citizenship education
Dale Renner, Moving users to the centre of social and health services
Craig Lambie, Democratic Evolution, Platforms for participatory governance
Fuzzy Trojan, Creating a political voice for volunteers
Geoff Edwards, Griffith University, The public interest and reinvention
Kevin Cox, White Label Personal Clouds, Controlling personal online identity
Estelle Gom, Creating a political voice for consumers
David Tripp, Murdoch University, Towards secret ballots in parliament
La Vergne Lehman, New models of leadership
Charles Mollison, Citizen juries and a new constitution
Jon Shapiro, Democracy Without Politics
Eric Collins, What can be done about the party system?
Carmela Ferraro, Creating a government worthy of governing us
Nicola Kaye, Edith Cowan University, New transparency mechanisms
Jane Smith, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
Aloma Fennell, The Senior Agenda
and many more
This Convention is a unique event in Australian public affairs. It is open to all citizens across social and political divisions. It’s focus is on open discussion and the search for practical, system-changing innovations.
The format for this convention will be as follows: proponents of particular reform proposals will present their ideas to the convention; the convention will vote on each, adopting one of three stances:
1. Endorsement for immediate implementation;
Call for Contributions
“Too much government is delivered today in ways that create passivity. It need not be so. Already there are important signs of change emerging, if only they can be liberated from the institutional forms of the past. New approaches, enhanced by the transformative potential of social media, can create a government2.0 in which the citizen is placed at the centre of power.” Peter Shergold, former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Papers, presentations, workshops, and innovation and strategy proposals are invited which examine the re-invention of government and politics in the direction of a new paradigm “in which the citizen is placed at the centre of power”.
What does politics and government look like “in which the citizen in placed at the centre of power”?
Contributions are invited which address this question in five streams:
2. Innovation proposals or policy reform proposals in economic policy including:
3. Innovation proposals or policy reform proposals in social policy including:
4. Critical assessments of:
5. Strategic perspectives on:
Expressions of interest in presenting a paper or workshop or proposal should be forwarded, in no more than 300 words, using this online form.
The Heart and Soul of Australia
The Heart and Soul of Australia is a social and political movement which aims to empower ordinary Australians in politics and public decision-making. It is open to members of all political parties and members of none. Further information is available here.
Participants are invited to participate in our network in their federal electorate groups around Australia to:
– take local initiatives and hold local events
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