Apr 28, 2009 · 7:00 PM
Dr. Mark Elliott is a rising star in the fields of open government and mass collaboration. Through his company, CollabForge, he has successfully completed several web-based public engagement projects with government agencies in his home country of Australia. These include the Future Melbourne project in which citizens used a wiki to plan for their city's future. See Dr. Elliot's full bio below to find out more about his extensive work. On Tuesday, Dr. Elliott will give a brief presentation of his work, and then will facilitate a workshop on collaborative policy building. Our group has discussed hosting a "policy sprint" at previous meetings. In short, the goal is to build a process for using citizen expertise to develop better policy. A "policy sprint" is an attempt to complete a policy proposal in a short period of time (more explanation
here). The focus of Tuesday's meeting will be to develop a process and a toolset for future policy sprints, such as the event that we are planning for late Spring. So wear your wonk hat, and come prepared with specific policy ideas that you'd like to explore. We need to take this policy sprint concept for a test drive. Dr. Elliott will provide the framework for the meeting, but it's up to us to bring the material. (That said, all are welcome to come and participate as they please, regardless of level of wonkiness). There is no charge for our meetup space, but attendees are encouraged to enjoy the fine food and drink that ReBar has to offer. The meetup will officially end at 9pm, but ReBar will remain open. ------ Bio: [
Click here to read this bio with convenient links] Dr. Mark Elliott is Director and founder of Collabforge. As chief consultant for Collabforge, Mark has successfully designed and managed a range of high profile projects working closely with clients in a highly versatile and collaborative capacity. In late 2007 through mid 2008, Mark led Collabforge’s reengineering of the City of Melbourne’s ten-year planning process, in order to enable a collaborative outcome across its large and diverse stakeholder groups. This reengineering also provided for the successful integration of a wiki-based collaborative environment, for both internal collaboration and external public consultation. The result was an award-winning, world’s first city plan to be developed in a wiki - FutureMelbourne.com.au. Prior to founding Collabforge, Mark completed a PhD investigating the underlying dynamics and mechanisms that drive and enable online mass collaboration. The objective of this work was to provide understandings that could be directly applied to the purposeful engineering of mass collaborative projects and the communities that support them. Mark's PhD was examined by Internet luminary and inventor of the term "virtual communities", Howard Rheingold, as well as Francis Heylighen, a leading thinker in the areas of cybernetics and complex adaptive systems.