Registrations are open to a public event as a part of what I think is NZ’s first attempt to develop political policy in an open forum directly involving the community, and using online technology.
The public event on 28 August in Wellington brings together ideas generated over the last four months on how to deliver open and transparent government.
OpenLabourNZ was launched via Red Alert at the end of April. It’s an experiment in how Labour can more deeply engage with the community and seek their input, by using new technologies and methods to increase participation and collaboration in developing policy.
While it will be a uniquely New Zealand event, the format is drawing on similar processes used in open government initiatives in Australia, the US and the UK.
To date, OpenLabourNZ has attracted hundreds of responses by blogs, Twitter and Facebook and direct communication with the Party.
We are serious about being open and transparent. This is a new initiative, but through it we hope to demonstrate that we mean business and will take the policy to the election and into government.
A series of high profile international and New Zealand speakers will be announced in the next few days.
The public event will be held at the Lion Harbourview Lounge on the second floor of the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday 28 August from 10am – 3pm.
The event will also be streamed live over the Internet, so people who can’t be there in person can still participate. People participating from home will be able to do so using Twitter, Facebook and an online forum. Details about how to participate online will be announced soon.
If you are able to attend in person, please register as places are limited. You are asked to participate in good faith. This is a Labour Party focussed event but it is intended to attract a wide range of participants interested in the goal of open and transparent government and how to achieve that.
Registration is free, and you can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org