Gov 2.0 Taskforce Ten Years On

It has been 10 years since the Gov 2.0 Taskforce handed down it’s report. Those were optimistic days, so let’s review & plan next steps.

A few folk who were involved or contributors to the Gov 2.0 Taskforce (2009) thought it might be useful to reflect on the 10 years since the Report was delivered. Those were optimistic days and a strong community formed around the activities and engagement from the Taskforce. The Report recommendations were accepted almost entirely by the Government Response, so 10 years on, how well was the intent and vision of the Report realised, and what do we need to do next?

Our sincere thanks to the Museum for Australian Democracy (and Democracy 2025) for being the venue sponsor and supporter for the event. The event will be hosted at Old Parliament House, the perfect setting!

Thanks also to Cordelta for coming on board as a corporate sponsor and The Mandarin as media sponsor.

The goal of this event is threefold and would involve a diverse crowd that broadly reflects the communities and sectors of Australia:

  1. To reflect on 10 years since the Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report, progress made or not.
  2. To identify and articulate the barriers to progress, and consider the old, new and emerging opportunities and threats.
  3. To (re}energise and activate a diverse community around the goal of better public sectors for a better society, both through reconnecting in this event, and through creating and committing to actions over the coming year.

The event will be in Canberra, where the Taskforce was launched, but people are welcome to create satellite events to connect local communities using the live stream and online tools to contribute to the day.

Please note this event is being run by volunteers, and any feedback, volunteering or support is welcome.

We hope this event helps contribute some momentum to a range of community and cross sector activities. We believe this needs to happen if we are to get the public sector we need. One that is collaborative, resilient, trustworthy, fair and which provides a stable foundation upon which all people can thrive.

Please also book a place in the kids creche if you need it, noting that teenagers are welcome in the event on a normal ticket.

We also have an anonymous survey running to get pre-event feedback to help inform the day, so if you can spare about 10-15 mins, please get a cuppa and participate in the Gov 2.0 Taskforce Recommendations Report Card survey.

The rough agenda is:

  • Introductions
  • 09.30 – Welcome to Country
  • 09:40 – Introductions and outline for the day
  • 09:45 – Nicholas Gruen reflects on the original intent and hopes/fears of the Taskforce and observations from the last decade.
  • 10:00 – What was implemented at the time?
  • 10:05 – Government 2.0 as an enabler of citizen led initiatives
  • 10:15 – Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report Card – survey result overview
  • 10:30 – Report card group session: To reflect on the survey results of progress made on Report recommendations, where we went backwards and what we wouldn’t do. Fully participatory session for attendees to discuss, review and identify what success might look like today..
  • 11:00 – Break – BarCamp signups
  • 11.20 – Primer talks for barcamp session (10 mins each):
  • Gov innovation trends: Alex Roberts reflects on global trends in public sector innovation and his observations of progress in Australia since the Gov 2.0 Taskforce (including with Design Gov).
  • Emerging tech and government – what technology trends have or could have the greatest impact for public sectors from the last 10 years?
  • 11:40 – BarCamp session: short self-nominated sessions for participants to present ideas about the barriers to progress, new threats and opportunities facing us, and to draw out the hopes and fears for the future.
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Action stations: After participants vote for the topics/themes they want to action, they each go to the “action station” of greatest interest around topics or themes to identify and commit to practical actions and experimentation over the coming year to improve public sectors, to further realise the original intent from the Gov 2.0 Taskforce, and to bring about a better future for all. Teams report their actions into the online tool.
  • 15:30 – Reflections from the day and report from action stations.
  • 16:00 – Close

Venue

Old Parliament House