IAP2 & Bang The Table Workshops – Engaging In the Digital Space

We have teamed up with IAP2 Australia to deliver a series of professional development workshops aimed at supporting and improving your online engagement practice. These workshops will provide you with practical skills and techniques for attracting engagement audiences, building your community databases and improving your online engagement strategies.

Bang the Table is well-known in the engagement sector for our two digital citizen engagement software solutions; EngagementHQ, a platform for deep level online community engagement and Budget Allocator, a participatory budgeting solution. Bang the Table has been connected with IAP2 for many years and are pleased to be partnering to deliver this workshop to help practitioners further embrace online tools and techniques in their practice.

How to Engage on a Strategy Document – Designing an Engagement Experience

If you’ve ever been asked to consult on a large strategy document, draft plan or task force recommendations, you’ll have first-hand experience with some of the challenges in getting people engaged. Often this is because the community hasn’t been included in the process, the documents are too comprehensive and large or because the topics simply aren’t appealing or controversial enough for people to feel the need to have their say. Also, in many cases, your community might feel like decisions have already been made and their contributions really won’t make any difference.

This workshop will explore ways of unpacking large strategy documents, draft plans, and recommendations in order to develop an effective online engagement experience, where participants feel involved and are aware of their ability to influence project outcomes. It will focus on how to identify key elements from your documents and teach you techniques for turning these into engaging online discussion topics. The session will also focus on a range of different online tools that can be used to support your communications strategy and also ways to establish effective reporting analysis using a variety of survey design techniques.

Nathan Connors, Bang the Table

Engaging In the Digital SpaceNathan is a community engagement specialist, writer and content maker with more than ten years experience working in digital media and professional learning. He is currently Learning and Practice Manager at Bang The Table, a Melbourne-based online community engagement company, where he specialises in developing the skills of community engagement professionals throughout Australia.

He has produced learning programs and professional development workshops for Deakin University, State Library of Queensland and City of Melbourne and is now working closely with local governments and organisations throughout Australia to develop their online engagement presence.

In 2015, Nathan established the inaugural Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship in partnership with City of Melbourne and International Specialised Skills Institute to support community development in digital skills and entrepreneurship in the community and he has previously worked as part of a team to establish Queensland’s first dedicated digital culture centre at The Edge.

He is a graduate from Queensland University of Technology with a degree in Journalism and has a Master of International Relations from Melbourne University. Once a journalist, always a journalist… Nathan has a keen interest in political and international affairs and is an avid consumer of news. He loves big ideas and challenging conversations. Facilitating connections and driving change are at the core of his thinking.

Places are limited. Book today to secure your place.


Date Friday 20 May 2016
Time 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue IVC, 19 Young Street, Adelaide


Date Thursday 9 June 2016
Time 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue Saxons, Level 10,10 Barrack Street, Sydney


Date Wednesday 20 July 2016
Time 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue Saxons, Level 11, 300 Adelaide Street, Brisbane


Date Wednesday 17 August 2016
Time 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue Saxons, Level 8, 500 Collins Street, Melbourne

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