A Political Innovation 'Translation Layer' Event at Adam Street
Co-design & Policymaking
Speaker: Steph Gray
A short talk followed by drinks & networking
Who should come?
- Politicians & their staff
- Campaigns & Public affairs professionals
- Entrepreneurs & investors
- Bloggers & journalists
- Social media specialists
Traditional models of using public consultations in policy making have involved inflexible processes where policies are drafted, a narrow set of questions are asked and selected responses are incorporated.
As a way of making policy, it's surrounded with suspicions of predetermination, framing and cynicism. But online technologies have offered new opportunities and applications which promote organic co-authoring of documents (the most famous example being Wikipedia).
Can collaborative authoring really contribute new, practical solutions to policy issues, and what are the benefits to policymakers and the real long-term benefits to their own fields of expertise and responsibility?
Steph Gray is a former civil servant and Head of Digital at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Steph now runs Helpful Technology, a digital engagement consultancy helping clients use digital and social media smartly, on tight budgets.
The Translation Layer
We often ask politicians to embrace innovative ideas from the worlds of social media or gaming and use them to solve long-standing problems.
Never before have we faced a position where so many key concepts are not fully understood by policy makers and their stakeholders. They’re tough concepts to grasp if you don’t work in these industries. A Translation Layer is needed. Applying these solutions to the obvious problems with policymaking can help improve an understanding of the wider opportunities presented by innovation.
About Adam St
Hidden in 18th century vaults under the Strand, Adam Street is a central London base for work and play. Here you can relax, work, hang-out, entertain, hide, impress, eat great food and drink excellent wine and cocktails, surrounded by like-minded souls. The membership is built around entrepreneurs and freelancers.
The club comprises a bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, events spaces and an interestingly diverse membership.
If you are an independent-minded person who struggles to separate work and pleasure then you may well find you need a bit of Adam Street in your life.
Adam Street Private Members Club is offering an Associate Members rate of either £600 per year or £50 per month to all attendees of the Political Innovation Event.
To find out more information about membership at Adam Street, Please contact the Membership Manager, Ellie Barrett on 020 7520 9033 or Ellie@adamstreet.co.uk
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