I didn’t think that I would be saying how inspired I was listening to Monsignor David Cappo at one of the Critical Thinking Debates at the Conference today, although his Order of Australia badge should have been a clue. I wasn’t even going to his session, until someone told me how good he had been in the morning.
The South Australian Commissioner for Social Inclusion is not like other Commissioners – describing his Social Inclusion Board as embedded in, but not part of, government – an independent body at the heart of government. I am going to blog on this again once I have done some more research , because I just took notes – but here are some themes that emerged for me…a new form of engagement with citizens; consultation replaced with active listening; consensus building; seeking solutions from those directly involved, not restatement of the problem; collection of data (independent analysis undertaken); world-wide network of researchers and policy makers informing thinking; recommendations based on evidence-based research; plans developed & costed; accountability for delivery; ongoing monitoring, auditing and evaulation…and this all leads to joined up solutions that are effective. This probably doesn’t sound new – and that’s because talking about it isn’t new – we talk about it a lot. Today convinced me that it can be done!