Government Council (EMRC) uses innovative approach for solutions based workshop

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Collaborating with four local government authorities, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council sought public feedback to brainstorm ideas around 15 themes using innovative technology including visualisation tools and group response systems at their inaugural solutions driven workshop-Business Insights.

EMRC Chief Executive Officer Peter Schneider said that EMRC is committed to innovation and continuous improvement. “Engaging with our key stakeholders through this workshop is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that commitment,” said Mr Schneider.

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The concept of seeking public feedback into government policy is not new, but the approach is. Pre-workshop themes were explored using sentiment gathering and visualisation software, LivePad 41. Over 300 responses were then grouped to reveal the top 15 key issues. A live workshop to allow networking, discussion and debate is then being facilitated, with delegate responses being captured and revealed in real time using GroupMap, a collaborative online brainstorming tool.

Key themes include business development, technology, human resources and government regulations. Delegates will be invited to pair up, find their topic of key interest and then brainstorm solutions. Using a web based application and ipads means that delegates can circulate around the room with ease, adding value along the way.

“It’s important for everyone to have their say, and that all ideas have equal air time.”says Jeremy Lu, Co-founder of GroupMap. “Ideas are shared in turn which aims to inspire more creative and shared problem solving.” Delegates will have the opportunity to stand side by side with local government representatives from each of the local authorities, as well as with the regional council.

“Through employing the use of GroupMap, EMRC hopes to encourage greater involvement by the business community and heighten the engagement experience,” said Mr Schneider.

 

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The results of the brainstorming workshop will be shared with Economic Development officers to drive decision thinking and for project and initiative planning.

The Business Insights Workshop is taking place on Wednesday, 12 June 2013. EMRC is working on this project in close partnership with four of its member Councils, the Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Belmont and City of Swan. Together, the Councils will host the workshop aimed at understanding the major challenges that SME’s are currently facing in the region and collaboratively discuss how these challenges can be overcome.

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