Mathan Ratinam has worked as a design professional and educator for more than 20 years, endeavouring to ‘take design where it isn’t.’ Prior to joining the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Digital, Design and Innovation branch as their Lead Service Designer, Mathan was the inaugural Managing Director of CivVic Labs at LaunchVic.
Before that, he worked in New York as the Lead Design Specialist in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit at the World Bank. …
This blog post contains excerpts from ‘The Intelligence Service’ by Grace O’Hara.
We set off with grand ambitions and wild ideas and landed on a concept called The Intelligence Service — a place where startups and public servants could come together to talk about the things that matter most to people, without the greasiness of forced networking.
We anonymise participants, create a shared, common experience through a special dash of “what the hell is going on?” and set them on a task of problem solving together. …
Just over a year ago I took a job working at Code for Australia, a civic tech organisation that aims to help create a more digital government and foster community along the way. I wasn’t coming from a technical background — far from it, my recent work had been at women’s not-for-profits — but I was excited to use my skills in a way that I thought could influence a big number of people.
“In our minds, civic tech is technology that is created to improve social good, whether it falls within the realm of government or not.”
These informal and loosely organised networks of people and organisations who have come together online and in person to discuss common areas of interest and solve challenges we face in our own work. It’s a place to share ideas, answer questions, and learn from other folks who care about the topics at hand.
Put simply, it’s a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation that includes a strategy, actionable goals and timelines of how you plan to get there. A RAP contributes to advancing all dimensions of reconciliation by supporting organisations to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A RAP is undertaken, approved by and implemented under the guidance of Reconciliation Australia.
“Reconciliation isn’t a single moment or place in time. It’s lots of small, consistent steps, some big strides, and sometimes unfortunate backwards steps …” — Karen Mundine — CEO, Reconciliation Australia
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The Fellows are just over the halfway point of their Fellowship with SSQ and they’ve got some reflections on their time spent within government. Read on to find out what the’ve learned so far.
My experience prior to working with government has been mainly on the private side, working at an agency. Working with the government is not completely foreign to me but does have its differences. One thing I have learnt first-hand is how real-world events have a quick impact on the priorities for that week.
Government departments have regular projects that are expected to be delivered under a…
Let’s be honest. Every single person working in the public sector deserves an award this year — everyone’s worked hard under the strangest of circumstances. One of the things that we can forget about those working in government is that they’re doing work that ultimately has an impact on the rest of society; if things don’t work or take too long they can have huge repercussions on people in communities throughout the country — that’s a lot of pressure at the best of times!
The good news is that on the whole, local, state, and federal government teams rose to…
We’re coming up to the end of the year so what better time to reflect! November saw us working really autonomously for a variety of reasons but we’re excited to reconnect now that the year is winding down for real.
So with that, we’re sharing what’s been challenging (📌) emerging (🌱), and good (🌹), in the past month.
As a teeny Base Team of three, our systems and practices are important to us. This month, two members of Base Team came down sick in seperate weeks and the third member took some long-overdue leave. …
As an organisation, we had already spent the early months of 2020 learning all about how to update our existing workplace policies and create new ones. It occurred to us that simply having a Workplace Discrimination Policy wasn’t enough.
So, we’ve been working on our dedicated BIPOC Strategy in a bid to set ourselves clear pathways forward to do our part to make our organisation, civic tech at large, and the world in general a better place. We’re starting in true Code for Australia style, with lots of research. …
Head of Community + Communications at Code for Australia.