Join Nathan Connors, Learning & Practice Manager, and Mel Hagedorn, Engagement Manager, from the Bang the Table team for a timely workshop discussion about how we need to change our thinking to manage an inevitable transition to a digital-first community engagement practice landscape.
It’s commonly accepted in community engagement practice that “face-to-face” is always best and most meaningful, and digital is merely a support act. But imagine for a moment that face-to-face is simply no longer viable. Perhaps the distances are too great; the issues too fraught to send a team into the field; the budget too small; the stakeholder group too large; or your audience is too fragmented.
Alternately, imagine the opportunity for a continuous conversation between the community and your organisation. Declining trust in governments worldwide, coupled with the Smart City agenda has created an opportunity for a transformative form of continuous engagement between citizens and governments. Only digital can provide that bridge.
What would it look like if your community engagement was designed as digital-first? How might it change the way we think about our practices, skills, organisational arrangements? How would we continue to ensure deep or, “thick”, engagement; minority voices are heard; that conversations and community input has real social impact? And how would we do all of this in the context of shrinking budgets, efficiency demands, and the requirement for transparency?
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