This policy document commits the South Australian government to explore and trial ways that build on the start already made in democratic reform.
A key initiative will be four 'deliberative democracy projects' where non-government organisations or business will work with the government and the community to consider different policy issues.
Additional projects will include a focus on the use of digital technologies and explore the application of crowd sourcing, collaborative working and resource sharing, and design thinking approaches to areas of government activity.
Key commitments of the policy statement include:
· Four partnerships, made up of State Government and business or not-for-profit sector organisations, with up to $50,000 each to run processes that involve citizens in decision-making and collaborative problem solving on important issues for the State.
· At least two Citizens' Juries by December 2017.
· Three participatory budgeting projects, enabling citizens to decide how government funds will be allocated.
· Supporting agencies to run three demonstration projects using methods that generate new perspectives, learn by doing, and catalyse action in areas of community need.
· Three collaborative economy pilots that help share latent resources that are locked up in people, assets and organisations.
·Three 'Civic Tech' demonstration projects using technology platforms that enable large-scale design and collaboration between citizens and government, including a project to explore new mechanisms by which people can become more involved in the debates of parliament.