From interaction to participation: driving online engagement toward real action.

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Never before has it been easier to come together and take action toward better futures - online and IRL (in real life). The internet has given us a platform for social networks and online tools that can help us to:

• find and support organisations doing good work,

• connect with like-minded individuals and get involved with pro-active communities,

• share information and pool resources toward a common vision, and

• grow collaborative networks and coordinate our efforts to be more effective and make a greater impact.

But how do we get there? How do we go from simple online interaction, or what's often labelled as engagement, to genuine participation and action that makes a real difference. How do we go beyond 'likes', comments and online conversation and enable more meaningful and ongoing participation in decision making and collective action towards better futures for our communities, cities and nations?

Join us for our next Collaboratory Melbourne meetup where we'll hear from four leading practitioners in online engagement and civic participation about their experience, insights and advice on how we might drive online engagement toward real action.

Our guest panelists for the night will be:

Ben Knight & Viv Maidaborn: Ben and Viv are the co-founders of Wellington-born Loomio (https://www.loomio.org/about#how-it-works), an open-source tool for group decision-making, that aims to make it easy for anyone to participate in decisions that affect them. They will be sharing their experience in taking Loomio global, and what they've learned about using technology to enable everyday democracy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vCL4I19o9U).

Connect with Ben & Viv on Twitter at: @LoomioProject (https://twitter.com/LoomioProject)

Eyal Halamish: Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Eyal is a former college campus activist, now works as an ‘activist in a suit.’ He is the CEO of OurSay (http://oursay.org/), which connects the public with leaders in our community. In the last year, OurSay has partnered with Google, CBS, Youtube, ABC, News Ltd., Fairfax and Crikey and worked with corporate chief executives, prime ministers, state premiers and local government to ensure people’s questions are answered and profiled at large.

Check out Eyal speaking at TEDxMelbourneUni: Doing an Old Idea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roSqLs_3_r0)

Connect with Eyal on Twitter at: @EyalOurSay (https://twitter.com/eyalOurSay)

Hailey Cooperrider: As Lead Strategist at Collabforge (http://collabforge.com/) Hailey works with organisations, primarily in the public sector, to rewire their existing strategic decision-making processes for improved collaboration and innovation. This has frequently involved the use of social websites and wikis, with projects such as the Future Melbourne City Plan (http://www.futuremelbourne.com.au/wiki/view/FMPlan) that Anyone Can Edit, and the Together We Raise Tomorrow (http://socialpolicy.alberta.ca/) policy initiative in Alberta, Canada. Hailey is also exploring how role-playing games and storytelling games can be applied in these same contexts, including an impromptu workshop at the Coworking Australia conference and an upcoming workshop with the Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Center. Her ongoing research in this space is intermittently updated on her blog Play to Decide (http://playtodecide.tumblr.com/).

Connect with Hailey on Twitter at: @ImHaileyCoop (https://twitter.com/imhaileycoop)

Doors open from 6pm for drinks and light snacks. $10 registration includes snacks, drinks to be purchased at the bar.

Panel discussion starts from 6:30pm sharp until 7:30pm with Q and A with attendees and via Twitter (follow @DoingSomeGood and use hashtag #CollabMelb).

After a very successful trial at last month's Meetup, we'll also be running a speed network weaving session from 8:00pm to 8:30pm followed by further drinks and conversation until 9:30pm. So come ready to discuss big ideas and prepare to be inspired. :)

Thanks to City of Melbourne for providing the venue.