Democracy is rooted in the idea that government derives its power from citizens, and that citizens are a necessary participant in building strong government. But in an age of deep cynicism in the political process, have we lost that sense of civic responsibility?
Digital technology offers an opportunity to reanimate citizenship for the 21st century, guiding government to work more closely with the community.
Code for Australia provides a platform to improve the interface between government and citizens through a community of skilled contributors.
The Code for Australia Civic Lab is a diverse national network of people committed to using technology to create meaningful change by building solutions that make policy making and public service delivery more interactive and responsive to citizen needs.
This is your opportunity to get involved, pitch your project ideas and shape the direction of the Melbourne Civic Lab going forward.
Here's the running sheet -
6pm - Arrive and mingle
615pm - Guest speaker (Fred Michna on Humans & Maps*)
630pm - Civic Lab prototyping workshop
7pm - Collaboration over drinks and pizza
730pm - Wrap up
This is a free event.
See you at the Civic Lab!
*Fred will investigate citizen participation in service directory map design.
What are participatory service directory map functions?
How can a small group of people be entrusted to organize those functions?
What is the role of distributive justice in the actions of service directory map makers?
These are the questions he will quickly discuss in general terms and pick apart against against cognitive schemata developed for an autism service system derived from interviews with parents of children with autism.
The method of this research may also be interesting to Civic Hactivists as the interviews were structured by the 'Herri' prototype card/web service catchment mapping system made at GovHack last year.