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BEHIND THE SCENES OF PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

BEHIND THE SCENES OF PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

Thank you to the panellists and participants who joined us for a brief journey behind the scenes of Participatory Budgeting (PB) at the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Conference this week. Delegates took part in a mini PB process before engaging in conversation with the panel and exploring lessons learned from recent projects across Australia and the UK.

We’ve provided some free PB resources at the bottom of this post - these resources are available to both participants from the conference and anyone who couldn’t make it to the session.

7 TEAM TIPS: ENHANCE YOUR ENGAGEMENT PRACTICE

7 TEAM TIPS: ENHANCE YOUR ENGAGEMENT PRACTICE

A minute with the MosaicLab team! Each of our team members provides their number one tip for enhancing and improving your community engagement practice.

7 ways to improve engagement outcomes from our team of experienced facilitators and engagement practitioners. 

VIDEO: DELIBERATIVE ENGAGEMENT PART 1

VIDEO: DELIBERATIVE ENGAGEMENT PART 1

We're very excited to announce that Part 1 of our three part, animated video series on deliberative engagement is now here!

Part 1 in a three part series on deliberative engagement.  In this short animation, we overview what deliberative engagement (or deliberative democracy) is, the six principles of this engagement approach and how it tends to be differ from many other engagement approaches.

Deliberative engagement is a form of meaningful engagement, and each principle covered in this video could be integrated into any engagement process.   In Part 2, we'll explore when to do deliberative engagement, and when to consider other types of engagement approaches. So stay tuned! 

REAL INFLUENCE VIDEO: GLOBAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DAY

REAL INFLUENCE VIDEO: GLOBAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DAY

Recently, Engage 2 Act announced a Global Community Engagement Day Blogging Challenge.  The task?  To write a short blog or a vlog on the topic of INFLUENCE.   

We were sold at 'challenge'.   In honour of the first ever Global Communitiy Engagement Day on January 28, we've created a short animation that outlines what influence means to MosaicLab and why we think its key to quality engagement. 

#MonthlyMyth: Firm positioning required before engaging

#MonthlyMyth: Firm positioning required before engaging

It’s an easy trap to fall into, and an approach that’s often taken as a matter of course – solidify your organisation’s position before you engage with any external community or stakeholders.  While this may appear (in the short term) to make your organisation feel more ready to engage, it actually undermines many of the objectives of a robust engagement process. 

New free resource: Biases that mess up your decision making

New free resource: Biases that mess up your decision making

There are many ways our brains actively work to bias our thinking and, therefore, our decision making. Each of these different sorts of biases can stop us from seeing an issue from a different perspective.

This tendency can limit our understanding of new and different evidence and therefore restrict our ability to make the best overall decision/s. By understanding these biases and using different tools to help question others and ourselves we can access more information and weigh up data more thoroughly.

So, to help you out, we’ve provided a new, free download highlighting six of the most common brain biases that affect our everyday decision making – because identifying them is the hardest part!   

#MonthlyMyth: Warm up activities have no purpose

#MonthlyMyth:  Warm up activities have no purpose

Now and then we hear people say that what you might loosely categorise as ‘warm up’ or ‘introductory’ or ‘getting to know you’ activities are pointless exercises with no real purpose.   It is assumed (perhaps?) that they are something facilitators do just because that’s what facilitators do and they like to ‘play games, not because they have any bearing on the issue at hand or any tangible benefit to the group.

We can’t speak on behalf of all these types of activities (perhaps there are some out there that really are annoying, pointless and fluffy!); however, today, with the kind of activities that an effective, experienced facilitator might use in mind, we’re debunking this myth.

(Invaluable) deliberation insights 2 - decision makers

(Invaluable) deliberation insights 2 - decision makers

Did you see last month's invaluable deliberation insights post?  We shared a video chock full of ideas and advice from project managers who had been through a deliberative journey.  

This month, we're sharing the second video in this series - insights from decision makers who have led their organisations though a deliberative engagement experience. 

(Invaluable) deliberation insights 1 - project managers

(Invaluable) deliberation insights 1 - project managers

In June 2017 we ran our first ever Deliberation Ready Training session for leaders, managers and decision makers in Melbourne.    The day was designed to help participants get themselves and their organisation ready for a successful journey into deliberative engagement.  

Because we love to share resources and are always seeking to help others to improve their engagement skills and processes, we are giving you free, exclusive access to one of our fabulous Deliberation Ready Training resources our participants had access to during their session.

#MonthlyMyth: Tight communication reins = risk minimisation

#MonthlyMyth: Tight communication reins = risk minimisation

Many organisations try to minimise risk by 'holding the reins tight' when it comes to communicating with their communities and stakeholders around engagement processes and major projects/decisions. 

This so-called 'risk averse' approach tends to include carefully constructing tightly worded (yet often very uninformative) key messages and strictly withholding any information deemed potentially inflammatory or uncomfortable - even when inextricably relevant to the issue at hand.

There's also approval processes applied to the release of any information, which can slow down communication activities - sometimes to a considerable extent - depending on how rigid or intricate these processes are. 

While organisations tend to feel comfortable with this well-worn approach, the promise of 'safety' through control is generally just an illusion.