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Inside word on "Participatory Budgeting"

Five minutes with South Gippsland Shire Council about their recent foray into participatory budgeting.… Read more »

Citizens' Juries: Saviour Of Community Engagement?

Across Australia Citizens’ Juries and Participatory Budgeting are receiving lots of attention. The draft of Victoria’s new Local Government Act, for example, mentions the umbrella term, “Deliberative Community Engagement" no less than 31 times! OurSay offers a 30 day, obligation free trial on any of our plans. Trial OurSay today!… Read more »

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Town Hall Meetings

Although there is plenty of written information on the how-to’s of facilitating an effective meeting, implementation often leaves much to be desired. Take a standard community Town Hall meeting for example. How many organisers could say that they’ve never endured a “bad” one? It seems that regardless of the purpose of the meeting (conveying information, getting to a consensus or making a decision) many meetings waste time, undermine the authority of those running the engagement, or even decrease morale. OurSay offers a 30 day, obligation free trial on any of our plans. Trial OurSay today!… Read more »

How to Pull a Community Engagement Plan in less than one hour

Often community engagement comes as an afterthought. It shouldn’t, but it’s true.   Here at OurSay, we frequently hear from experienced communication and community engagement experts that they are the last to hear about a project! This can be frustrating to say the least. For us, a big part of our job is to make sure our colleagues understand that we need to be given plenty of time and plenty of warning to help them deliver an outstanding community engagement activity. OurSay offers a 30 day, obligation free trial on any of our plans. Trial OurSay today!… Read more »

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