Democracy is being disrupted: Governing in the 21st century

This event is brought to you by engage2 and The Mandarin.

Being elected into government doesn’t give you the same kind of authority it used to. The legitimacy of ‘Western Democracy’ and of governments across the globe is being questioned. Technology, data analytics and new community engagement techniques are changing the game.

Public agencies need to learn how to use these new techniques, and to encourage the community to question information, each other and even whether voting on every issue is a good and practical thing. They need to consider how these tools might be used to enhance or erode democratic and social values.

It’s important for smart leaders and governments to understand the potential of these tools if they are to advise our elected officials and help their organisations adapt and remain relevant.  

On June 5, in collaboration with Vivid Ideas, engage2 and The Mandarin bring you Democracy is Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century, a professional development event that explores how governments might use these new tools to lead and represent more effectively.

Democracy is being disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century is designed to help ministerial advisors, information officers, technology and digital officers, and engagement and communications managers within government agencies understand the technologies and practices available to help governments lead and represent more effectively.

Benefits of attending:

  • Find out what digital democracy means for government agencies
  • Learn more about the tools and techniques being used across the globe
  • Explore how they might be used to enhance representative democracy and citizen engagement

Key themes:

  • Citizen engagement is now a critical part of modern government
  • Digital tools and data analytics are available to support and strengthen representative democracy
  • There are a range of ways to make community consultation more effective
  • Demonstrating your listening will be critical
  • The key question is when should elected officials lead and when should they consult and collaborate?

Hear from a line up of experts including:

  • Alan Du Pont, Geopolitical security expert, Lowy Institute
  • Liz Tydd, NSW Information Commissioner, NSW Information and Privacy Commission
  • Tom Burton, Publisher, The Mandarin
  • Iain Walker, Chief Executive Officer, newDemocracy Foundation
  • Amelia Loye, Founder and Managing Director, engage2

Seats are limited. Book now to secure your place. Early bird pricing ends 20 May.


The Gallery, State Library of NSW