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Democracy is Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century

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Democracy is being disrupted and this is creating global instability. Turn on the news today and you’ll hear about investigations into how Russia and Facebook influenced the last US election, or how the United Kingdom and European Union are struggling with the result of the Brexit referendum.

The system that was created to enable public participation in the way communities are governed and how leaders are elected is being eroded. It needs to evolve. What’s needed is representative democracy that is more participatory. We need to leverage the new methods and technologies available for smarter governance. There are a broad range of tools and technologies to help open Government, enable participation and encourage deliberation, but making sense of them and how they can be used by Governments is complex, so we’ve formed a panel of experts who can help.

What’s on the agenda?

  • Geopolitical security expert and Lowy Institute fellow, Alan DuPont, will open the panel, highlighting the way democracy is being disrupted globally.
  • Tom Burton, the publisher of The Mandarin, will then chair a panel of five experts in smart governance and democratic innovation and digital transformation for democracy.

Meet the panelists:

Opening Speaker and Chair

Alan DuPont

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Cognoscenti Group, a political and strategic risk consultancy, Alan DuPont is one of Australia’s best-known strategists, Asianists and thought leaders. He has worked extensively at the interface of business, finance, security and politics and has held several advisory and board positions. Alan has an international reputation for his research and commentary on international affairs, geopolitical risk, defence and national security and he has been an advisor to several Australian ministers of defence and foreign affairs. Following 25 years of service in government as an army officer, defence intelligence analyst and diplomat, Alan distinguished himself as an academic entrepreneur, teacher and scholar and was recently named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s leading strategists.

Tom Burton

Tom is a highly recognised publisher, digital leader and corporate affairs executive with sophisticated media, digital, marketing, communications and regulatory experience and contacts working in top-level commercial, government and global NGO enterprises. Deep understanding of media, telco, IT and internet sectors.

Panelists

  • Elizabeth Tydd - Elizabeth is the NSW Information Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC). She has been a key advisor on the National Action Plan for Open Government in Australia convening Information Commissioners across the country to coordinate their input into the plan.

  • Daryl Karp - Daryl Karp is currently the Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House where she has doubled the visitation in three years and given voice to tens of thousands of visitors through large-scale participatory collaborations, interactive experiences and targeted research. She combines over 20 years’ experience as a CEO and senior manager in broadcast and digital media. Her work in non-fiction narrative and consumer engagement leads to commercial, community and educational outcomes. She has worked across public, private and government sectors enabling high-performance work environments.

  • Iain Walker - Iain Walker holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from UTS. His career has spanned commercial roles in professional sport at the PGA Tour and Golf Australia and time in the technology industry at Microsoft Australia.

  • Amelia Loye is an internationally recognised expert in community engagement and digital democracy for Government and Managing Director of engage2. For more than 15 years, Amelia has helped governments in Australia, New Zealand and Canada to understand, engage and work with the people and organisations they represent. Amelia was recently invited to speak to the United Nations Economic and Social Council about public participation in government and society.

  • Adam Beck - Adam is the founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, an organisation that is part of the world's largest network of Smart Cities practitioners and policy makers, whose goal is to make cities more liveable, workable and sustainable.

*This event is being brought to you by engage2 and The Mandarin, as part of Vivid Ideas Sydney, 2018. Vivid Ideas is the year’s most anticipated global forum for ingenuity and innovation and the marketplace to share fresh concepts and track emerging trends.

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