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ENGAGING BEYOND: NEW APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

Media Release
24 March 2017

ENGAGING BEYOND: NEW APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

Melbourne: Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 May

Community Engagement Training Australia has launched the first event of their 2017 Community Engagement Summit Series, taking place in Melbourne on Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 May. The nation-wide summit series will advance the practice of Community Engagement and create better outcomes for communities across Australia.

The Melbourne Community Engagement Summit will showcase the most up to date case studies, technological advances and approaches to engagement.

The 2017 Community Engagement Summit Series has been designed with the belief that contemporary, high quality professional development for engagement practitioners is the cornerstone of delivering even better outcomes for communities in the future.

“We have designed the Community Engagement Summit Series 2017 with the key objective of improving the practice of community engagement across Australia, said the Community Engagement Summit Series Co-chair, Darius Turner. “We are passionate about helping organisations and their staff to deliver outstanding engagement programs to their communities, and we will keep researching and uncovering new ways to do this as we provide our training and events”.

The Community Engagement Summit Series is run by Community Engagement Training Australia and will see five industry leading, not-to-be-missed events taking place across Australia in 2017.

HOW CAN TECHNOLOGY SHAPE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Extract from 2016 Community Engagement Summit, Sydney, presentation by Callum Parker UX researcher and computer scientist at the University of Sydney.

Technology is increasingly becoming an ingrained part of everyday life. So much so it is becoming invisible – less obvious and more intimate – as time passes.

This increasing connectivity with technology is making it easier for people to socialise and connect with their community, and what’s happening around them. With people constantly socialising and engaging online, new avenues to communicate and engage have become available.

 

Adding to online engagement, technology can be used “on the ground” to excite and engage audiences.  Technologies such as Augmented Reality are opening this landscape up even further and has the potential to revolutionise how we engage with communities.  Augmented Reality can present material in a new, and highly understandable manner allowing communities to really see and understand information.  It also provides opportunities for personalised and secure information to be tailored to individuals, creating intimate conversations on a mass level.

 

There are three take away points to keep in mind when bringing in technology such as Augmented Reality into the community engagement space:

  • If used correctly technology can make urban spaces fun and interactive, attracting a new audience base
  • Information in the real-space can be augmented to increase the value on an individual level with the integrity of privacy intact.
  • It’s vital to make a sure a community engagement program is accessible to the community it is designed for
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