There are rumblings across the globe. Brexit. The influence of social media on election results. Democracy is being disrupted.The legitimacy of Western...

Democracy is being disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century

Location:

Macquarie Street
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
State Library of New South Wales
Democracy IS being disrupted: redefining governance in the 21st Century - Vivid Sydney 2018

Speakers

Alan Dupont - Chief Executive Officer of the Cognoscenti Group

Alan Dupont

Chief Executive Officer of the Cognoscenti Group

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.

Alan is the opening speaker at Democracy IS Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century, with a panel of five experts in smart governance and democratic innovation and digital transformation for democracy.

Tom Burton - Publisher, The Mandarin

Tom Burton

Publisher, The Mandarin

Tom Burton 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.

Tom is acting as the chair of Democracy IS Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century, with a panel of five experts in smart governance and democratic innovation and digital transformation for democracy.

Liz Tydd - NSW Information Commissioner

Elizabeth Tydd

NSW Information Commissioner

Elizabeth Tydd 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.

Elizabeth is a panelist in Democracy IS Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century, as part of a panel of five experts in smart governance and democratic innovation and digital transformation for democracy.

Daryl Karp - Australian Museum of Democracy

Daryl Karp

Australian Museum of Democracy

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.

Daryl is a panelist in Democracy IS Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century, as part of a panel of five experts in smart governance and democratic innovation and digital transformation for democracy.

Iain Walker - Executive Director - newDemocracy Foundation

Iain Walker

Executive Director - newDemocracy Foundation

Iain Walker holds a master's 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. Iain is a panelist in Democracy IS Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century, as part of a panel of five experts in smart governance and democratic innovation and digital transformation for democracy.

Amelia Loye - Managing Director engage2

Amelia Loye

Managing Director engage2

Amelia Loye is the founder and managing director of engage2. For more than 15 years, Amelia has helped governments in Australia, New Zealand and Canada to engage the people and organisations they represent, serve and govern in policymaking, planning and service design. Amelia was recently invited to speak to the United Nations Economic and Social Council about public participation in government and society.

Jamie Skella / Co-founder - Horizon State

Jamie Skella

Co-founder - Horizon State

Formerly executive director at MiVote, Jamie Skella is the co-founder of Horizon State, an Australian startup redesigning how societies can be engaged and make collective decisions using distributed ledger technology. A technologist and foresight strategist, Jamie has spent 20 years in the design, building and advising of emerging technology businesses working across smart cities, IoT, virtual reality, and machine learning. A public speaker with a bent for intelligent optimism and the conscious design of our future, he is considered one of Australia’s foremost authorities on blockchain’s applications for social good.

With Horizon State’s ever-solidifying role to play in establishing new levels of trust in government, he presents often on the opportunity to utilise blockchain for social good and civic improvement - everywhere from United Nations HQ in NYC to mayors' forums in South East Asia. Jamie has been invited as one of twenty-five individuals to join the BMW Foundation Global Table in Norway, seated beside 24 leaders from EU national parliaments, multinational corporations, and international organisations. Together they will be working to strengthen democratic processes, improve community dialogue, and shrink the gap between government and citizen.

Jamie is a panelist in Democracy is Being Disrupted: Governing in the 21st Century, as part of a panel of five experts in smart governance and democratic innovation and digital transformation for democracy.

Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.

Event Details

There are rumblings across the globe. Brexit. The influence of social media on election results. Democracy is being disrupted.

The legitimacy of Western democracy and of governments around the world is being questioned.

People want to see change, they want to get involved.

Digital democracy is here, but what exactly does that mean?

New methods and technologies are emerging to help open governments and transform our representative system into a more participatory one. It’s important for smart leaders and governments to understand the potential of these tools if they are to help their organisations adapt and remain relevant. 

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

What’s on the agenda?
Geopolitical security expert and Lowy Institute fellow Alan DuPont will open the panel, examining how democracy is being disrupted globally.

Tom Burton, Publisher of The Mandarin, will then chair a panel of experts in smart governance, democratic innovation and digital transformation for democracy, including the NSW Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Tydd.

What’s in it for you?
This is a professional development event for government executives and advisors. It is focused around key areas such as:

  • What digital democracy means for government agencies
  • Why leading transformational change within your department is critical
  • More about the tools and techniques being used around the world, and how they can be used to enhance representative democracy
  • A range of ways to make community consultation more effective

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Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.