Crispin is the Chief Practice Officer for Bang the Table which owns and manages EngagementHQ the benchmark for best-practice online community engagement software in the Australian public sector. Bang the Table also offers online participatory budgeting tools.
Desley is the Manager of Community Engagement at the City of Melbourne which won the International Association for Public Participation International Award for a Citizen Jury process that engaged the public to address a $900 million shortfall in Melbourne City Council’s budget over the next ten years.
Nivek is the Principal Consultant for Synthetron in Australia. Synthetron is a unique online crowdsourcing platform which provides a dynamic, interactive and effective way to gain insights into what your community is thinking. Synthetron has been operating for over ten years in Europe and is now available in Australia.
Nivek is also undertaking a PhD looking at the impact of democratic innovations on the broader political landscape.
Carolyn is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. She is also the founder of AmericaSpeaks, a deliberative democracy organization that successfully applied its 21st Century Town Meeting® to a number of major public policy issues in the US.
Carolyn is the author of “Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table: A Guide for Public Managers” which provides strategies and best practices to public managers and leaders who wish to authentically engage citizens around significant policy issues. Prior to founding AmericaSpeaks, Carolyn served as Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff.