Forum Discussions for Online Engagement

Hosting better forum discussions for online engagement

Using forum discussions is a great tool for online engagement. Forums can be used to discuss and debate issues, deliberate over decisions, ideate solutions to problems and provide feedback on proposals. However, forums can sometimes be a tricky engagement method to pull off and there are some important things to be aware of when conducting a […]

Nathan Connors

Nathan Connors

2 years ago

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Getting Your Hands Dirty In Deliberative Forums

When clients are embarking on a new consultation where they want to encourage the community to discuss, debate and evolve ideas, and online discussion forums are the tool of choice. Generally, the role of the organisation is to provide a safe space for discussion and observe the community in action.

Matthew Crozier

Matthew Crozier

4 years ago

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How to co-design what a library should and could be?

Earlier this year Christchurch City Council launched the Your Library, Your Voice campaign to get the community involved in helping design its new central library following the 2011 earthquakes. Between February and June 2011 a series of earthquakes and aftershocks devastated much of Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city. In all, 185 people were killed […]

Dr Crispin Butteriss

Dr Crispin Butteriss

4 years ago

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Online public policy forums

Dialogue, discussion and debate in online public policy discussion forums

The exchange that takes place within the online public policy forums we host runs the full gamut from deeply deliberative dialogue to divisive bickering. This is to be expected; they are, after all spaces for the contest of  wicked problems. The question is, how do we enable the former and limit the later? One of […]

Dr Crispin Butteriss

Dr Crispin Butteriss

7 years ago

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Lessons from over 100 online forums for citizen participation

Lessons from over 100 online forums for citizen participation

Presentation slides on the lessons we have picked up along the way from over 100 online forums for citizen participation. Earlier this month I presented at two events in Western Australia. The first was the annual conference of the Australasian IAP2 held in beautiful Freemantle – if you haven’t been, find an excuse to go. […]

Dr Crispin Butteriss

Dr Crispin Butteriss

10 years ago

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drive more traffic to online forums

Drive more traffic to your online forums – make the issues concrete

If you want you online forum to attract a lot of traffic and a lot of comments… MAKE IT CONCRETE. Our four largest consultations have been, in order: (1) a proposal to remove a heavy rail line; (2) a plan to allow multi-storey development within a residential suburb; (3) a plan to change bus routes and frequencies; and (4) a proposal to redevelop a heritage lighthouse.

Dr Crispin Butteriss

Dr Crispin Butteriss

10 years ago

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