Helen Owens joins the InTransition Podcast to talk about the Open Government Partnership. Helen is the principal advisor on public data policy at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Australia. She provides whole of government advice on data strategy and its applications.
In this episode Helen discusses the implications of open data for citizen engagement, public policy and government contracting.
Melanie Gibbons is the Communications Manager for the Clean Energy Regulator, an Australian Federal Government agency. She was previously the Media Director for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Melanie is currently completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Media and Public Engagement at the University of Canberra.
Trish Johnston is the Assistant Secretary, Communications Branch at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). For over two decades Trish Johnston worked on some of the government's most complex policy and communication issues including domestic violence, cyber security, indigenous affairs, climate change, resources and energy and preventative health. Her experience spans developing large scale advertising campaigns, managing complex media and stakeholder issues and supporting communications in remote indigenous communities. She is currently leading PM&C's digital communications transformation. In this episode, you'll learn about 3 case studies which received ~450 news articles in press or trended #1 on Twitter.
David interviews two people who are doing amazing work at the London Borough of Bexley. Anne-Louise Clark is the Head of Organisational Development and Internal Communication for the London Borough of Bexley and Ellen Care is the Internal Communications Officer. Anne-Louise and Ellen discuss how design thinking has changed the way their local government operates.
In this episode, you'll learn:
2:20 What is the Bexley Innovation Lab? (And how it is different from anything they have done before)
3:51 Why is design thinking different to government's business-as-usual? And what are the steps in design thinking?
6:35 How was design thinking received by the London Borough of Bexley?
9:25 A problem design thinking solved which traditional processes could not (and saved the Borough of Bexley money)
11:56 How to increase the use of government services
14:41 What is User Research? (And why it can be better than surveys and focus groups)
18:32 How do you know if you're solving the right problem?
22:20 How does design thinking change the way internal communications is run?
26:58 The struggles of getting government to adopt design thinking (and how you can overcome these challenges)
29:23 How User Research overcomes survey fatigue
David Fricker is the Director-General of the National Archives of Australia (NAA). David Fricker began his career at the Australian Customs Service before moving to the private sector. David worked on major Federal and ACT Government projects in defence, science, immigration, finance and health on information systems, strategic planning and project management. David joined the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in 2002 as Chief Information Officer and later as Deputy Director-General. In 2012, David Fricker became the Director-General of the Archives to lead the digital archiving transformation. In 2014, David became the first Australian to be elected the President of the International Council on Archives.
This conversation explores the importance of archiving and how it relates to public sector communicators. With the Archives possessing an information asset of over AU$1.46 billion, David Fricker understands the value of information.
Dr David Marshall has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry. David Marshall started as an on-air personality on local radio to eventually become General Manager of radio stations in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra. He then transitioned to Chief Executive of the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation, where he worked on major events for the ACT Government. David is now Director of Talkforce Media and Communications Strategists, where he works with government and private sector organisations around Australia in media training and strategic consultancy. In 2015, David completed his Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies on Prime Minister John Howard’s media and communication operation. You learn the foundation of the Howard Government's communications strategy, how they stayed in power for so long and how you can apply these lessons to your communications strategy.
In this podcast episode, we try something different. Davidanswers some of your questions on content marketing in governmentand the public sector. David digs into how we have applied thecontent marketing methodology to some of our public sector clients.David talks about how content marketing is being used by the boththe New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territorygovernments to achieve their objectives. How do you make thebusiness of telling your story a priority? How do you streamlinecontent marketing in an environment of competing priorities andlimited resources?
Gina Ciancio is the Senior Social Media Adviser for the Department of Human Services. Gina Ciancio joined the DHS as a Public Affairs Officer and rose to join a specialised team in digital and social media. Gina also spent a short period working in the UK in marketing. This interview is taken from a live webstream at the ACT Digital Hub in Gungahlin Library back in 2014. In this episode, you'll learn where the Department of Human Services is getting it right, an example of where the DHS has used content marketing to achieve an objective, where to get your stories from and how to make policy interesting to civilians.
Sean Larkins is the Director of Consulting & Capability for the Government and Public Sector Practice of the world’s largest communications services group, WPP. Sean was previously the Deputy Director of the UK Government Communications. Sean led the reform of the UK Government’s communications to build a centralised strategy. Sean set up and ran the UK Communications Service. Sean was responsible for almost 4,000 government communicators.
In this episode, you'll learn:
5:37 How to discover government communication priorities
6:34 Why government communications should be run more like a business
10:58 How do you change the government's tendency for risk aversion?
19:07 What are the small, simple steps to move from traditional marketing to content marketing?
25:31 What skills do government communicators need to become more effective?
28:55 How do you make communicators the most prestigious civil servants in government?