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Monday, October 12 • 19:30 - 21:00
Build (Back) Better Democracy

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This Zoom workshop is a chance to reflect on the state of our NZ democracy and discuss whether we need to build it back the same or build it back better - it’s not just our economic and social systems have been disrupted by the Covid-19 crisis.

After the early hope that the internet would strengthen democracies, digital divides, fake news, political manipulation and polarisation are just some of today's prominent concerns. Can that early hope be realised?

The workshop is limited to 18 participants.

Trust Democracy will use the anonymised 'findings' of this workshop to seed further ‘discussions’ about democracy, including via https://pol.is, a mass participation platform famously used by vTaiwan. Findings will also be submitted to the Public Service Commission as it prepares the NZ government’s next National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership - see https://ogp.org.nz/.   

Trust Democracy, a new not-for-profit, wants to promote, initiate and participate in an ongoing public dialogue about the state of democracy in NZ. It wants to understand how people understand and value democracy in NZ and how they believe it could be improved.

For a Guardian article about vTaiwan and Pol.is, see https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/27/taiwan-civic-hackers-polis-consensus-social-media-platform.

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Keitha Booth

IRM Researcher for New Zealand, Open Government Partnership
The Open Government Partnership promotes engagement between government, civil society and the private sector. The New Zealand government is implementing its 2018-2021 open government commitments and will soon start work to collaborate with the public to develop its 2021-2023 programme... Read More →

John Pennington

Committee member, Trust Democracy
I've been in the deliberative democracy bizz for 18 years. I worked on some major nation-wide projects that have involved hundreds of people grappling with really complex and often controversial topics using deliberation and dialogue as ways to reach common ground.
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Simon Wright

Secretary, Trust Democracy
I serve on the Committee of Trust Democracy, a new not-for-profit that focuses on the health of Aotearoa New Zealand’s democracy and how to strengthen it.  I am also one of two partners in a consultancy called Public Engagement Projects. We have a track record of innovative and... Read More →

Monday October 12, 2020 19:30 - 21:00 NZDT