We are chuffed to be co-hosting Alvaro Maz, Managing Director & Co-founder, Code for Australia at Wellington's BizDojo on Thursday, 12th November (4:30pm to 6pm). Together with co-hosts The Open Government Information & Data Programme and Wellington City Council we know you'll have a fun, intriguing and useful evening.
Democracy is rooted in the idea that government derives its power from citizens, and that citizens are a necessary participant in building strong government. But in an age of deep cynicism in the political process, record low voter turnout and historic mistrust in government, we have lost that sense of civic responsibility.
Digital technology offers an opportunity to reanimate citizenship for the 21st century, making government work for and, more importantly, by the people again.
Alvaro will talk about Code for Australia's work creating spaces for productive citizen participation, where we can use not just our voices but also our hands to build more responsive governments and ultimately a stronger democracy.
Alvaro Maz has been an urban planner, change management, open data and open government consultant for Australian governments and a social entrepreneur. He is currently working on a series of projects to improve the governance processes and the urban infrastructure of Australian cities. He is also a Sandboxer, Centre for Sustainability and Leadership Fellow, Startup Leadership Fellow and sits on the Board of a new enterprise to leverage technology in the education sector.