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October 9, 2017

Community engagement is the involvement of citizens in the decision-making of government. It is essential to the future of good decision-making, but its rise as an industry has done little to curb the current collapse in trust in government.  This may be because it is...

August 20, 2017

I recently wrote about the four things local government should do about collapsing trust in government. This included replacing some of their expensive community consultation with methods that bring citizen experts into problem-solving. Last night we tried it out in ou...

July 26, 2017

Trust in government is collapsing.  A drop from from 45% to 37% last year, reflects our doubt in governments’ capacity to deal with the biggest challenges we face, such as climate change and inequality.  It also demonstrates we are experiencing politics as something ex...

September 28, 2016

Heading in council elections in October, Victorian communities will decide who should lead their community planning over the next four years.  This task is important as local areas face the challenges of population growth, increasing diversity, climate change, and pres...

September 21, 2016

Over the past few years my research has shown young Australians are having trouble transitioning from school to full-time employment.  Around a third are either un- or under- employed – and this is increasing. Young people are disadvantaged in tight labour markets wher...

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