Details at http://www.meetup.com/opengovnyc/calendar/10234024/
Dr. Mark Elliott is a rising star in the fields of open government and mass collaboration. Through his company, CollabForge, he has successfully completed several web-based public engagement projects with government agencies in his home country of Australia. These include the Future Melbourne project in which citizens used a wiki to plan for their city's future. See Dr. Elliot's full bio below to find out more about his extensive work.
On Tuesday, Dr. Elliott will give a brief presentation of his work, and then will facilitate a workshop on collaborative policy building. Our group has discussed hosting a "policy sprint" at previous meetings. In short, the goal is to build a process for using citizen expertise to develop better policy. A "policy sprint" is an attempt to complete a policy proposal in a short period of time (more explanation here). The focus of Tuesday's meeting will be to develop a process and a toolset for future policy sprints, such as the event that we are planning for late Spring.
So wear your wonk hat, and come prepared with specific policy ideas that you'd like to explore. We need to take this policy sprint concept for a test drive. Dr. Elliott will provide the framework for the meeting, but it's up to us to bring the material. (That said, all are welcome to come and participate as they please, regardless of level of wonkiness).
There is no charge for our meetup space, but attendees are encouraged to enjoy the fine food and drink that ReBar has to offer. The meetup will officially end at 9pm, but ReBar will remain open.