Public engagement specialist Dr Will Friedman will be visiting Adelaide to work on The Department of the Premier and Cabinet’s Better Together Program. This program enables the South Australian Government to make better decisions by bringing the voices of citizens and stakeholders into the issues that are relevant to them. Over the last two years the program has stimulated and guided a range of projects across the public sector, as well as collaborations between government and non-government organisations.
Dr Will Friedman is the President of Public Agenda in the United States of America. A non-profit, non-partisan organisation that partners with citizens and leaders to navigate complex and divisive issues and work together toward solutions. Dr Will Friedman has overseen Public Agenda’s steady and expanding stream of work aimed at helping communities and states build capacity to tackle challenging issues in more inclusive, deliberative and collaborative ways. In 2007, he established Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE), which conducts action research to assess impacts and improve practice.
He is also the author or co-author of numerous publications including “Reframing Framing,” “Transforming Public Life: A Decade of Public Engagement in Bridgeport, CT,” “Deliberative Democracy and the Problem of Scope,” and “Deliberative Democracy and the Problem of Power.”
During his visit he will present a public lecture at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. The lecture will examine the shortcomings of today’s status-quo democracy, including its tendency to marginalize the public and its inadequacy in the face of tough problems that have no straightforward or technical solution. It will explore how emerging democratic practices that engage the public more fully in problem solving can help overcome gridlock and help society come to terms with difficult problems.
Due to popular demand this lecture has been relocated to the Allan Scott Auditorium in Hawke Building.
Register now to attend this free event on Tuesday 30 June at 6.00pm.
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Department of the Premier and Cabinet
FREE registration: Practising Democracy as if the Public Matters
With Dr Will Friedman, President, Public Agenda
Tuesday 30 June 2015, 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Allan Scott Auditorium, University of South Australia, City West campus
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