1-4: ‘Virtual Local Government’, Professor Percy Allan, Percy Allan and Associates

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Download the presentations package from day 1 here Imagine your local council didn’t exist. In its place, a small group of people performed only the bare functions of government. Generic tasks were outsourced. Rate collection and capital works were outsourced too. Part-time contractors were employed by the council for specialist work. If service delivery was not satisfactory, the council could …

2-4: ’The need for Councils to transform their business model’, Professor Peter Grant, IBRS.

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here Peter Grant has an extensive background in business and the public service, including roles of Vice President of Gartner Consulting and Chief Information Officer for the Queensland Government. He is a passionate believer in the need for the public sector to transform their business model to interact more productively and effectively with …

1-5: ‘City of Melbourne: the People’s Panel’, Cr. Stephen Mayne, City of Melbourne

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Download the presentations package from day 1 here Participatory budgeting processes traditionally focus on a component of discretionary budget – such as a representatives ability to ring-fence a couple of million dollars for community facilities. However, in many ways the larger challenge in budgeting is the dominance of interest groups coupled with the capacity to present any and all decisions …

2-5: ‘The Challenge of Change: implications for local government’, John Walker, CEO, Richmond Valley Council (NSW)

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here John Walker has an amazing and highly successful CV including: – CEO West Australian Football League and West Coast Eagles Football Club – CEO Liverpool City Council (NSW) – General Manager, Retail Banking, Westpac – Chairman, Newsat Ltd – Managing Director (Aust and NZ), Thrifty car rental – Chairman Centennial Parklands John …

1-6: ‘newDemocracy – Why and How to Innovate in Democracy: Sharing Hard Decisions with Your Community’, Kathy Jones, Director, New Democracy Foundation

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Download the presentations package from day 1 here The Foundation believes there is a better way to do democracy. People want to be participants in politics, not just polarised voters in adversarial contests. The research evidence is compelling – trusted outcomes are achieved when a diverse and representative group of citizens group of citizens, randomly selected, deliberate together. We don’t …

2-6: ’City of Greater Geraldton’s (WA) Participatory Budgeting Journey’, Ken Diehm, CEO.

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here Ken has more than 29 years of local government experience and has held a wide range of financial and engineering management positions in both local government and the private sector including, CEO of Willows Sports Complex Joint Board, Managing Director of Business National, CEO of NQ Water, Director of Water and Asset …

1-7: ‘Lessons and insights I’ve learnt in local government and elsewhere’, Kelvin Spiller, Leadership Thinking Australia

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Download the presentations package from day 1 here Local Government has a high turnover of CEOs and senior managers and there is often little opportunity for reviewing or knowledge sharing between CEO’s within the sector and those leaving the sector. Kelvin has been CEO of six organisations, including four Councils in two states, as well as an energy utility and …

2-7: ‘Places for people, by people: how to do it’, Lucinda Hartley, CEO and co-founder, CoDesign Studio

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here How can we enable everyday citizens to become city-makers? Too often our approach to placemaking strips communities of their capacity to make great places, and relies on experts instead. This in turn negatively impacts on the streets and public spaces themselves as they do not reflect the diversity, flexibility, local variation and …

1-8: ‘The future of local public services and implications for local government’, Professor Helen Sullivan, University of Melbourne

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Download the presentations package from day 1 here Helen Sullivan is Professor and Director of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. She worked in local government before becoming Director of Research at the Cities Research Centre, UWE, Bristol. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2011.. In 2010/11 she directed the University of Birmingham’s first Policy …

2-8: ‘The Perth Councils amalgamation process: what happened?’ Peter Kenyon, Founder of the Bank of IDEAS

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here Peter Kenyon is a social entrepreneur and community enthusiast. Over the last decade he has worked with over 1000 communities throughout Australia and in 45 other countries seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and economic renewal. He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, caring, inclusive, sustainable …

1-9: ‘Transformation to a new smarter way of working’, Di Ashton, Project Director, Activity-Based Working, Cardinia Shire Council

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Download the presentations package from day 1 here Cardinia Shire has taken the opportunity to review its way of working as part of the move to new civic offices. The platform for the change has been to embrace an activity based working model which will improve business processes, organisation culture and result in better and more responsive service delivery. Cardinia …

1-10: ‘Change, innovation, and frugality: what works?’ Kate Delaney, Delaney Foresight

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Download the presentations package from day 1 here Volumes have and will be written about change, innovation, and local government. We know today’s story: rising public expectations, growing public sector debt levels, tighter budgets, and the need to achieve more with less. We understand that necessity is the mother of invention. Governments today want thinkers that do and doers that …

1-11: ’Re-imagining government in the digital age’, Barry Quirk, CEO Lewisham Council, UK (Virtual)

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here Barry Quirk CBE is also Chair of the UK Design Commission. From 2004 to 2009, Barry was appointed by the British Government to be the National Efficiency Champion for English local government. In 2007 he produced a landmark report for Government on the potential transfer of public assets to community groups. He …

2-1: ‘Local Government and Federal Government – the importance of the direct relationship, now and into the future’, Mayor Troy Pickard, President, Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here Troy Pickard’s election to the Presidency of ALGA comes at a critical time for the sector as the Federal Government prepares White Papers on the Reform of the Federation and Taxation, documents it hopes will provide blueprints for reform which resolve the confusion about roles and responsibilities between levels of government and …

2-2: Thames-Coromandel’s Community Boards and how they drive Council planning’, David Hammond, Chief Executive, Thames-Coromandel District Council (NZ)

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here David Hammond will describe how broad-based devolution to communities can result in a win-win-win for elected members, staff and communities. The Council has established Community Boards to support Community Governance/ Empowerment policies with objectives of: – Moving governance decision-making closer to those being governed – Co-governance – sharing governance powers – Recognising …

1-3: ‘Responding to the biggest wake-up call in history’, Richard A Slaughter, Director of Foresight International

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Download the presentations package from day 1 here Richard will discuss the nature of the major changes currently sweeping the world, the profound impact they are likely to have on local government and suggested practical responses. Richard is a futurist of international standing. He is a consulting futurist who has worked with a wide range of organisations in many countries …

2-3: ‘Engaging your Community in City Council decision-making: Lessons learned from 40 years of Community Governance in Portland, Oregon’, Dr Paul Leistner

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Download the presentations package from day 2 here Dr. Paul Leistner is the Neighbourhood Program Coordinator for the City of Portland, Oregon and supports Portland’s internationally recognized citywide community and neighborhood involvement system. Paul has a background in public administration and policy analysis and has worked in the non-profit sector supporting community-based research on a wide range of policy issues. …

FOLG 2015 – Innovation and collaboration are the new imperatives, but how to deliver?

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In the wake of: the most dramatic cuts to local government finance in a generation the advent of the internet revolution that is transforming citizens expectations public services are facing increasingly complex demands with fewer funds to tackle them. Incremental improvements to services (business as usual) will not be enough. If local government is to overcome these challenges, it needs …