The Oz & NZ Spirit of Democracy:

...a research paper by Joanne Cotterill.

This book outlines the history of democracy of Australia and NZ. It explains why citizen participation is important to individuals and communities and why citizen participation is under threat.

The book examines emerging trends around citizen engagement, what the theories are and what ideas are working.

Oz & NZ Spirit of Democracy features Australian and New Zealand based non-government organisations that are working to improve citizen participation in government decision making.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cheryl Kernot Acknowledgements. Executive Summary.
Introduction. Methodology. Interview Questions. Participation by Respondents.
Why Community Engagement and Citizen Participation?Social Impact of Community Engagement and Citizen Participation. - Benefits to individuals. - Benefits to communities. - Benefits to social policy. - Benefits to service delivery.
Pressures for the evolution of democracy. - Technology. - Globalisation. - Dissatisfaction of citizens. - Alternatives to Democracy.
History of citizen participation in Australian and New Zealand democracies. - Australia. - New Zealand.
Theory of change for citizen participation & community engagement - Challenges in engaging communities. - IAP2 Spectrum.. - 4D: Four dimensions of democracy. - Techniques for community engagement
Organisations emerging for community engagement Types of organisations evolving democracy. Organisations not discussed in the report
Organisation Profiles. - Australian Futures Project - Bang the Table. - Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy (CAPaD) - Capire Consulting Group. - Change.org. - Code for Australia. - CoDesign Studio. - Delib – Australia. - Deliberately Engaging. - Flux. - GetUp. - International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) - Loomio. - NewDemocracy Foundation. - Online Direct Democracy. - OpenAustralia Foundation. - OurSay. - People Decide. - PoliVOTE.- PublicVoice. - Snap Send Solve. - Townhall - United People (UPworld) - Vote Compass / Vox Pop Labs.
Common themes and learnings. - The Tardis: bigger on the inside. - Diversity. - Room for expansion. - Storytelling: the personal is political - Talkin’ ‘bout an evolution…... - The rise of populism and issue based democracies. - Massive growth but the need for structural challenges. - Only the strong survive.
The chicken or the egg?. - Government or community?- Technical or adaptive?- Speak or listen?- Competition or collaboration? - Purpose or profit? - Direct or deliberative?
Location, location, location. - International nature of citizen participation. - Think global, act local - Concentration in particular localities.
Conclusion and recommendations. Gaps in this research. In summary.
Appendix 1: About the Author Appendix 2: Organisational Websites. References.