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Showcase 10: Future Democracy

Date: Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Time: 9:30am for 10:00am start to 1:00pm
Venue: TBA

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Hear from leading experts to explore how the digital age and online platforms are transforming the way citizens can influence government decisions that affect their lives.

What are the benefits of engaging online, and how do we build online communities to participate in and reignite democracy?

This event will explore international and local case studies on innovative technologies, online platforms and participatory budgeting programs that are engaging citizens with politics and decision making, and will highlight how South Australia is at the cutting edge of democratic reform in Australia.

This free event is part of Open State: ten days of collaboration, innovation, ideas and enterprise. To find out more about the program, visit

Featured speakers at Showcase 10 include:

Keynote: Pia Mancini, Co-founder of Open Collective and The Democracy Earth Foundation (Argentina)

Pia Mancini is one of the founders of the Net Party, a political party headquartered in Argentina. She is also a co-founder of DemocracyOS, which is for free source decisions in order to give more weight to the opinions of citizens. Having previously worked for political think-tanks and in public policy, she is now intent on changing the way citizens engage with politics worldwide, one app at a time. Using technology to incite political change and reignite democracy is at the heart of Mancini’s work, with a string of non-profit collaborative projects including DemocracyOS and now OpenCollective.

Shari Davis, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Participatory Budgeting Project, Oakland (USA)

Shari is responsible for the strategic development and management of PBP’s network-building work and for launching new high impact participatory budgeting processes. As Director of Youth Engagement and Employment for the City of Boston she launched Youth Lead the Change, the first youth participatory budgeting process in the US, which won the US Conference of Mayors’ City Livability Award. Shari’s area of expertise is in applying an evidence based lens to effective youth and community engagement that results in action oriented outcomes, empowerment, and tangible change.

Rachael Leverton, Senior Policy and Engagement Consultant, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Rachael’s career spans public sector roles in Adelaide, London and Hanoi. She has been described as an intrapreneur, motivated by a desire to innovate public programs to reach wider audiences, be more effective and maximize the return from the investment of public funds. Rachael’s part of the Strategic Engagement team, in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, where she leads Fund My Community, an award winning participatory budgeting program. She was recently nominated for the 2016 South Australian Women in Innovation Awards in recognition of this work. 

Sarah Thomas, Manager Engagement Strategy and Innovation, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Sarah is a strategic communication, digital and community engagement specialist with 20 years global experience across public, private and not for profit sectors. Her current role at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet involves leading a team to design and implement innovative engagement initiatives to involve everyday citizens in government decisions that affect their lives including the online engagement platform – YourSAy – a 50k strong community and supporting social networks.