Please join us and Engage 2 Act!

Engage 2 Act is a collective of individuals committed to progressing citizen engagement practice.  We foster, develop, nourish, lead and break new ground in citizen engagement.

We are motivated citizens, engagement practitioners, community group representatives, students, government, private sector - or often something in-between!



Engage 2 Act is a collective of individuals committed to progressing citizen engagement practice.  We foster, develop, nourish, lead and break new ground in citizen engagement.

We are motivated citizens, engagement practitioners, community group representatives, students, government, private sector - or often something in-between!



What's Up?

  • Reflections on the Citizens' Jury - SA event

    Over the last 18 months a number of Citizens' Juries have taken place in South Australia. From the inaugural process looking at the question - How can we ensure we have a vibrant and safe Adelaide nightlife? To the more recent jury who looked at - motorists and cyclists will always be using our roads – what things could we trial to ensure they share the roads safely?
     
    Reflections on the Citizens’ Jury is your chance to come along and listen to invited speakers Vivienne Lambert (DPC) and Emily Jenke (Community Engagement Specialist) talk about the process of Citizens Jury in an Adelaide context, the hows, whats and whys. Then hear stories from some of the jurors themselves as they tell us their experiences of being involved in shaping Adelaide’s future. This will include Mel Lambert who was a juror and key contributor to the Premier on the recent findings around cycling.

    Finally join the audience in asking questions to the speakers in a quick fire Q&A session before being invited to join the Engage2Act crew for an end of year festive drinks and networking at the General Havelock. (Drinks are not included but encouraged)

    During the session we highly encourage networking, tweeting and story sharing of community engagement with friends, colleagues and new acquaintances. 

    Where - The Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide, SA 5000
    When - Tuesday, 9 December 2014
    Time - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Followed by networking drinks - The General Havelock, 162 Hutt Street.

    RSVP - limited to 50 seats - book tickets (free) via eventbrite here

    Download and distribute our promotional flyer here

    Over the last 18 months a number of Citizens' Juries have taken place in South Australia. From the inaugural process looking at the question - How can we ensure we have a vibrant and safe Adelaide nightlife? To the more recent jury who looked at - motorists and cyclists will always be using our roads – what things could we trial to ensure they share the roads safely?
     
    Reflections on the Citizens’ Jury is your chance to come along and listen to invited speakers Vivienne Lambert (DPC) and Emily Jenke (Community Engagement Specialist) talk about the process of Citizens Jury in an Adelaide context, the hows, whats and whys. Then hear stories from some of the jurors themselves as they tell us their experiences of being involved in shaping Adelaide’s future. This will include Mel Lambert who was a juror and key contributor to the Premier on the recent findings around cycling.

    Finally join the audience in asking questions to the speakers in a quick fire Q&A session before being invited to join the Engage2Act crew for an end of year festive drinks and networking at the General Havelock. (Drinks are not included but encouraged)

    During the session we highly encourage networking, tweeting and story sharing of community engagement with friends, colleagues and new acquaintances. 

    Where - The Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide, SA 5000
    When - Tuesday, 9 December 2014
    Time - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Followed by networking drinks - The General Havelock, 162 Hutt Street.

    RSVP - limited to 50 seats - book tickets (free) via eventbrite here

    Download and distribute our promotional flyer here

    by Dan P 18 Nov 2014, 03:37 PM
  • SA Engage2Act group also chatting on Facebook

    At a recent SA core group meeting (June 2014), active members had a good chat about how we communicate with each other and how we can connect and meet new and/or other interested people.

    Around the table there was general consensus that most people were already on Facebook and this could be an alternative way to share, chat, debate and discuss

    So in true South Aussie style a SA Engage2Act Facebook group was quickly born, to test and see how an alternative platform would work. Everyone is welcome to join in our SA discussions. To find the page simply....Read more

    At a recent SA core group meeting (June 2014), active members had a good chat about how we communicate with each other and how we can connect and meet new and/or other interested people.

    Around the table there was general consensus that most people were already on Facebook and this could be an alternative way to share, chat, debate and discuss

    So in true South Aussie style a SA Engage2Act Facebook group was quickly born, to test and see how an alternative platform would work. Everyone is welcome to join in our SA discussions. To find the page simply type in 'Engage 2 Act South Australia' into the Facebook search bar. Although this is currently a closed group, you wont wait too long to be approved and join us.

    If you are interested in finding our more about the SA group, check out the news feed below that highlights some of the past SA events, or the "What's happening in SA during 2014! news article below to see what is coming up.



    by Dan P 08 Jul 2014, 05:31 PM
  • Get Your Core On!

    Engage 2 Act SA - Core Collective Gathering!
    Wednesday 11 June 3-5pm at The Edinburgh Castle, Currie Street, Adelaide

    1.  Where are we gathering?

    The Edinburgh Castle (Ed Castle), Currie Street, Adelaide – has long tables, pretty decent cheap food ($10 menu) and 2hr free parking bays on North, Gray and Franklin Streets as well as being on main bus routes and 10 mins walk from tram, train and those working in CBD ivory towers.

    2.  What's happening?

    An informal get together of those identified as core members of Engage2Act plus others who may have been missed....Read more

    Engage 2 Act SA - Core Collective Gathering!
    Wednesday 11 June 3-5pm at The Edinburgh Castle, Currie Street, Adelaide

    1.  Where are we gathering?

    The Edinburgh Castle (Ed Castle), Currie Street, Adelaide – has long tables, pretty decent cheap food ($10 menu) and 2hr free parking bays on North, Gray and Franklin Streets as well as being on main bus routes and 10 mins walk from tram, train and those working in CBD ivory towers.

    2.  What's happening?

    An informal get together of those identified as core members of Engage2Act plus others who may have been missed out and probably have good stuff to say

    3.  What will we talk about? 

    Loose proposed Agenda:

    ·  Engage2Act SA WTF we doing, seriously? Who wants to be Core.

    ·  Becky update – Kitchen Table Conference (please Becky as we are all excited)

    ·  Use it or lose it – E2A website and Twitter

    ·  Future opportunities – Community Governance (Valli), EngageTech with Amelia (John), rotation of core group

    ·  Any other gems before wine o’clock takes over

    4. What do I need to do RIGHT NOW?

    Please can you let Andrew Coulson know by COB 6 June if you are going to come along and he will look at reserving a long table or area in the Ed Castle where we can chin wag and drink. Cheers to that. Thanks Andrew for taking the lead.

    Andrew Coulson
    T: 08 8406 8217 
    E: ACoulson@salisbury.sa.gov.au

    by Becky H 05 Jun 2014, 09:05 AM
  • Autumn Event - Lets Get Digital

    Our next event is on the way!  Register 

    More and more in both our personal and professional lives we all deal with the online world so, we want to talk about how we can become better online ‘engagers’. 

    Learn about the art and the science of digital engagement with our guide for the night, special guest James Noble, Managing Director of Carter Digital and UX expert. 

    The details:

    When: Thursday 22 May at 6.30pm

    Where: Hub Melbourne, 673 Bourke St, Melbourne 

    How much: $20 and $15 for students/not for profits

    Register....Read more

    Our next event is on the way!  Register 

    More and more in both our personal and professional lives we all deal with the online world so, we want to talk about how we can become better online ‘engagers’. 

    Learn about the art and the science of digital engagement with our guide for the night, special guest James Noble, Managing Director of Carter Digital and UX expert. 

    The details:

    When: Thursday 22 May at 6.30pm

    Where: Hub Melbourne, 673 Bourke St, Melbourne 

    How much: $20 and $15 for students/not for profits

    Register


    What it is exactly that makes some websites more engaging than others? What are the non-negotiables for online engagement? What content is needed to make a site really engaging?

    To help us answer these questions we want to know what your favourite (and least favourite) websites are. You don’t have to use them every day, we just want to know which ones you think are or are not engaging. 

    On the night we will spend some time with some experts in the field of online engagement to have a very ‘off-line’ discussion about what great engagement looks like online. 


    We need you to:

    Register: (eventbrite link – once we’ve settled on a name and description I’ll insert the link)

    AND

    Submit some of your top (most) and bottom (least) engaging sites on the internet (to: eleanor@capire.com.au)

    Some food and drink will be provided and numbers are strictly limited so please register quickly. 


    Our examples:

    What’s so fun about beer online??

    http://www.cascadebreweryco.com.au/#

    I love an interactive map… especially when Antony Green is involved:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/results/

    We all have our favourite social media:

    https://www.pinterest.com/andrewecoulson/

    https://twitter.com/RayScanlan1

    Anyone interested in balancing the Californian budget?

    http://www.budgetchallenge.org

    The BBC are the masters of the infographic:

    Debt crisis:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-15748696

    The state of the internet:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8562801.stm


    What are your highs and lows??


    by don 09 May 2014, 11:34 AM Comments 0
  • When in Frome - The wheels and thrills of building a bike lane

    Engage2Act SA held an event in May to share with the Adelaide community about the engagment process to help design and build a bike lane in Frome Street.

    Guest speaker Chris Hardman from Adelaide City Council presented this project, discussing the engagement process and what we have learn't. About 25 people attended the event and got involved asking a number of questions, leading to some great conversations about cycling and bike infrastrucutre in Adelaide.

    For more infomration:

    The free event was part of Velo-Fringe and proudly brought to you by Engage2Act and the Adelaide City Council.

    Engage2Act SA held an event in May to share with the Adelaide community about the engagment process to help design and build a bike lane in Frome Street.

    Guest speaker Chris Hardman from Adelaide City Council presented this project, discussing the engagement process and what we have learn't. About 25 people attended the event and got involved asking a number of questions, leading to some great conversations about cycling and bike infrastrucutre in Adelaide.

    For more infomration:

    The free event was part of Velo-Fringe and proudly brought to you by Engage2Act and the Adelaide City Council.

    by Dan Popping 05 May 2014, 12:54 PM
  • Why Engaging Matters

    The metropolitan Waste Management Group is collecting practitioners interested in the environment for a bit of fun and learning around stakeholder engagement 

    - register to get involved!


    Thursday 27 March 2014 

    Time: 

    6 - 8pm 

    Venue: 

    Donkey Wheel House 

    Level 2, 673 Bourke St 

    Melbourne VIC 3000 

    (next to Southern Cross Station) 

    RSVP: 

    Before 20 March 2014 to christine.wardle@ blueenvironment.com.au 


    The metropolitan Waste Management Group is collecting practitioners interested in the environment for a bit of fun and learning around stakeholder engagement 

    - register to get involved!


    Thursday 27 March 2014 

    Time: 

    6 - 8pm 

    Venue: 

    Donkey Wheel House 

    Level 2, 673 Bourke St 

    Melbourne VIC 3000 

    (next to Southern Cross Station) 

    RSVP: 

    Before 20 March 2014 to christine.wardle@ blueenvironment.com.au 


    by don 21 Mar 2014, 06:18 PM Comments 0
  • Kitchen Table Conference - Call for presenters

    Do you have a story to tell about a time where the community has been involved in Government decision making? 

    To register your interest in presenting a story, email Becky or comment below by Friday 21 March 2014.


    Do you have a story to tell about a time where the community has been involved in Government decision making? 

    To register your interest in presenting a story, email Becky or comment below by Friday 21 March 2014.


    by Becky H 16 Feb 2014, 01:42 PM Comments 0
  • What's happening in SA during 2014! Dates for your diary!

    We had a great planning session on Wednesday afternoon, attended by a small but passionate group of individuals interested in progressing innovative engagement.

    There was much hearty discussion, and it was great to learn about the new City Library facilities. Thanks Dan Popping from Adelaide City Council for arranging the venue and giving such a great welcome to the space.

    We put together a calendar of proposed dates for 2014 as follows - 

    Wednesday 9th April, 3-5pm - SA Core Collective meeting - Becky to arrange venue 

    May - Cars Vs Bikes "How to engage a cyclist" event as part....Read more

    We had a great planning session on Wednesday afternoon, attended by a small but passionate group of individuals interested in progressing innovative engagement.

    There was much hearty discussion, and it was great to learn about the new City Library facilities. Thanks Dan Popping from Adelaide City Council for arranging the venue and giving such a great welcome to the space.

    We put together a calendar of proposed dates for 2014 as follows - 

    Wednesday 9th April, 3-5pm - SA Core Collective meeting - Becky to arrange venue 

    May - Cars Vs Bikes "How to engage a cyclist" event as part of the Velocity Conference Fringe event - Dan Popping leading, with support from Sheila and Kirsten

    Wednesday 11th June, 3-5pm - SA Core Collective meeting 

    Thursday 10 July, times TBC - Kitchen Table Conference, McLaren Vale - Becky to lead 

    Wednesday 13th August, 3-5pm - SA Core Collective meeting followed by drinks in City - Kirsten to find venue/bar

    October - Political Engagement (connecting with local Government elections) - Froukje to lead with support from Becky and Andrew C? Possible partners include Uni SA, LGA, YACSA, Elected Members (current and potential)

    Wednesday 10th December, 3-5pm - SA Core Collective meeting followed by celebration/drinks/reflection 

    Wednesday 14th January, 3-5pm - SA Core Collective planning for 2015 

    It was agreed that "Core Collective" meetings will begin with event updates/planning, followed by group discussion on current hot topics/challenges. This is very much a peer-to-peer support and inspiration network!

    Please remember that anyone is able to come up with any idea at anytime! And if there's enough energy to make something happen, then let's make it happen! The above was just the input from those in the room at the time!

    Please feel free to add ideas/comments/suggestions/offers of help in the comments!

    by Becky H 14 Feb 2014, 08:25 PM Comments 0
  • Engage 2 Act Victoria PK Night

    You're invited to Engage 2 Act's Inclusive Community Engagement pecha kucha night on the 27 February 2014.

    Come along and hear 10 short presentations focusing on innovative techniques to engage the disengaged; strategies to go beyond the 'usual suspects'; and examples of how we are breaking down barriers to hear from all voices in the community.

    We've confirmed speakers from the CoDesign Studio, City of Bayside, City of Monash, City of Melbourne, City of Moreland, CrowdSpot and Town Hall Social. We're looking for a couple more presenters to take on the pecha kucha challenge! Is that you? If you think it is,....Read more

    You're invited to Engage 2 Act's Inclusive Community Engagement pecha kucha night on the 27 February 2014.

    Come along and hear 10 short presentations focusing on innovative techniques to engage the disengaged; strategies to go beyond the 'usual suspects'; and examples of how we are breaking down barriers to hear from all voices in the community.

    We've confirmed speakers from the CoDesign Studio, City of Bayside, City of Monash, City of Melbourne, City of Moreland, CrowdSpot and Town Hall Social. We're looking for a couple more presenters to take on the pecha kucha challenge! Is that you? If you think it is, please click here.

    The event will take place at CoDesign Studio's beautiful office in Collingwood and drinks will be available from the Good Brew Company at a very reasonable price.

    The cost to attend is $10 which covers fingerfood and a GREAT night out. Tickets can be bought here.

    by Amy H 28 Jan 2014, 02:40 PM
  • 2014 Planning event for SA

    Engage 2 Act (SA chapter) are hosting their first meeting for 2014 and you’re invited to come along and share your ideas and enthusiasm (and of course some general chit-chat, networking and sharing).

    We will discuss and develop our plan of attack for 2014, refining the type of events and activities we would like to host in 2014. These events may include general networking sessions, events for the wider SA community and is likely to include dates for ‘core group’ meetings.

    To get you inspired, Dan Popping and Becky Hirst will host the first event at....Read more

    Engage 2 Act (SA chapter) are hosting their first meeting for 2014 and you’re invited to come along and share your ideas and enthusiasm (and of course some general chit-chat, networking and sharing).

    We will discuss and develop our plan of attack for 2014, refining the type of events and activities we would like to host in 2014. These events may include general networking sessions, events for the wider SA community and is likely to include dates for ‘core group’ meetings.

    To get you inspired, Dan Popping and Becky Hirst will host the first event at Adelaide City Council’s NEW City Library! (opening on the 7th Feb).

    We hope you are able to join us, please click here for more information and to RSVP (to make sure we have enough seats).
    by Dan P 23 Jan 2014, 04:09 PM