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Convening strategic conversations

Between the citadels of influence and the innovators of the street,
we like to create shared 'portico' spaces…
sometimes hybrid, sometimes 'third way', always collaborative.

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Taking social snapshots

A new type of space where formal knowledge meets informal innovation,
best practice meets emerging practice
and global perspectives meet local experience.

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Curating diverse perspectives

Helping craft the stories of the extraordinary-in-the-ordinary calls for
a big-picture view that can zoom into the small, local, human-scale issues.

We bring a mindset that helps individual stories make sense
in the context of public narrative.

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Co-reporting on topical issues

We're building social knowledge networks of

innovators

academics

policymakers

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citizen reporters

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Co-creating the new from familiar thinking

Inspired thinking from dialogue that demonstrates
shared experience and real work-life moments of
I'm-not-alone or this-is-bigger-than-all-of-us.

WHAT COFLUENCE IS ABOUT

CO-CREATING FOR SOCIAL CHALLENGES via…

P E O P L E

P E O P L E

who combine experience with inspiration
Through Cofluence you can check in with thought leaders, talk leaders, action leaders… people who genuinely ‘make a difference’, people who are innovating where it counts, who are influential or maybe Cofluential. People you might want to connect with.
S P A C E S

S P A C E S

that enable public innovation & social shift
What are the spaces in which we can tackle big dilemmas or small challenges together? Cofluence bridges institutions, knowledge communities, media channels, online tools, social tech as well as other platforms & spaces.
C O N V E R S A T I O N S

C O N V E R S A T I O N S

that connect old challenges with new ideas
Challenges are often best explored collaboratively. We convene & host forums & media channels on important topics; run campaigns & initiatives to amplify social knowledge, as well as support emerging innovators to think, link, lead & more through better dialogue.
WHAT COFLUENCE DOES

OUR SOCIAL KNOWLEDGE APPROACH

CONVENING

THE 'RIGHT' PEOPLE IN THE ROOM: Cofluence brings the principles and practices of 'convening power' to important public challenges and strategic conversations, with an outcomes focus.

FACILITATING

THE 'RIGHT' KIND OF STRATEGIC DIALOGUE: We enable open, collaborative participation to co-create new approaches and co-design roadmaps for the collective way forward.

MOBILISING

THE 'RIGHT' KIND OF DELIVERY & TAKE-UP: From strategic policy campaigns to code-a-thons or challenge events, the social impact shows up where social mobilisation happens.

POP-UP CO-INNOVATION LABS + CO-CREATIVE STUDIO

IN THE WORKSHOP

New Ways of Working

New Ways of Working

The Cofluence team has a special interest in the ‘new ways of working’ found in such emergent trends as social technologies, open collaboration and public/private co-innovation. One focus area, exploring public service transition trends in the national capital, includes a special co-design /research project – xPS – for the ACT Government through the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN).

Co-design for national initiatives

Co-design for national initiatives

In 2015-16 Cofluence will provide creative direction & national coordination of the annual Changemakers Festival in association with the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) and a national circle of government, corporate, philanthropy, community sector and civic innovation leaders.

Facilitating innovation events

Facilitating innovation events

Hot on the heels of facilitating pre-hackathon challenge events for the NSW Dept of Family & Community Services and the NSW Dept of Health, we are bringing Cofluence facilitation to additional programs in 2015 including:

Federal: Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN)

State:  Open Data ThinkTank (NSW)

Local: City of Boorondara Community Innovation Tournament (Melbourne)

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IT DOESN’T HAVE TO
How ready are you for CO-INNOVATION and NEW WAYS OF WORKING?
GOVCAMP AUSTRALIA – INNOVATING FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
  • A nationally networked participatory event in July 2015 as part of Public Sector Innovation Month
  • A forum for ‘strategic conversation’ on public innovation between public sector leaders & managers, as well as business and community sector leaders
  • In 2014, 6 cities were networked for a one-day event with over 300 participants
  • Convened by Cofluence as part of GovCampus – a prototype ‘social knowledge’ program on public innovation
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CONNECT DIVERSE EXPERIENCE

CO-CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

Cofluence strives to bridge the societal context of public institutions with the vision and creative energy of individuals.  So our work these days is as much about PEOPLE – leaders, innovators, managers, changemakers & others – supporting them to learn & connect their experience with others; to experience new ways of working, new ways to “choose your own adventure”.

CHANGEMAKERS – EXPERIENCE A FESTIVAL-AS-SOCIAL-LAB
  • A national 10-14 day program annually in October
  • An open platform for changemakers, innovators, civic leaders, social commentators
  • Hosted participatory activities + flagship events
  • Being-co-designed in 2015 as a national ‘social lab’
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PARTICIPATE FOR NEW KNOWLEDGE, NEW EXPERIENCE

THINK. LINK. LEAD.

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Changemakers Festival (October)

In 2015 we’re ramping up a national co-design initiative to re-think & re-mobilise how we recognise social innovation across Australia – within large organisations to local communities and people working for positive social outcomes.

In association with the international network SIX – Social Innovation Xchange – and its Australian partners, throughout 2015 Cofluence will be convening a national conversation for leaders & citizens, innovators & changemakers, advocates & creatives. Just one outcome will be a reinvigorated collaborative approach to the annual Changemakers Festival in October.

New Changemakers Festival site launching soon! In the meantime…

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GovCamp Australia

GovCamp Australia is an open national initiative with major government and corporate supporters. It’s coming around again soon and we might surprise you once more in 2015.

Last year Cofluence – along with over 30 volunteers around Australia – convened the first nationally networked GovCamp in 6 cities. This year we’re deepening this experience for local organising teams, so join us in early June as we hold ‘GovCampfire’ city meetups to co-create the 2015 national GovCamp, to be held in late July as the closing program for national Public Sector Innovation Month.

We’re now scouting for 2015 public sector partners & local city team members so please…

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TACSI in the national capital

Learn how the principles & practices of social innovation and co-design can apply to your public or in-agency program.

Cofluence will be hosting a series of leadership luncheons as well as panel discussion events with Carolyn Curtis, CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI).

Carolyn will share perspectives from the UK and around Australia on emerging trends on collaborative social innovation as well as new ways of developing and delivering public services.  She will also preview exciting developments for the annual Changemakers Festival, which in 2015 will be coordinated nationally from Canberra.

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Are you Cofluential?

Plug in to our world. Cofluence is developing a new participatory program – Think.Link.Lead. – for anyone interested in creative ways we can all understand, connect skills & assets, and mobilise to deliver positive shift in our communities, networks and social institutions.

In the best spirit of walking the talk, Think.Link.Lead. will be co-designed by its participants based on real-world challenges and project opportunities.

Disruptive innovation calls for ‘launch-to-learn’, so the first step is to jump in and register for our new regular email update featuring people profiles, links & snippets on public innovation and social shift.

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BLOGS & PODCASTING

INTERVIEWS & COMMENT

Cofluence produces a series of independent ‘social communication channels’ – mainly podcasts – themed around public innovation and social shift. We mainly focus on stories of people who are leading the way with new mindsets, new technologies, new methodologies, new ideas so that someone like you might find a new way forward. Jump in! (And, please, tell us if there’s something or someone you’d like us to cover for you.)

RECENT COMMENT
FEATURE STREAMS
FEATURE CASTS
FEATURE COLLECTIONS
A SOCIAL COMMUNICATION CASE

PODCASTING AS SOCIAL KNOWLEDGE

Far from slipping into obscurity as a medium, in 2015 podcasting is enjoying a renaissance with more channels and more delivery platforms than ever. But it’s not television or radio. We see podcasting as basically another form of social media and – just as with Twitter or Facebook – it takes strategy and persistence to build a relevant audience. The Cofluence team have produced several podcasts and one of our faves has been Gov 2.0 Radio, developed with a US team and with a truly international audience and high profile guests. Here’s G2R by the numbers…

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PODCAST EPISODES

458

PEOPLE INTERVIEWED

24

COUNTRIES COVERED

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PODCAST LISTENS

We also know that podcasts can be used creatively as part of an integrated ‘social knowledge’ approach. For example, for a Canberra conference we hosted a one hour panel session that was ‘live recorded’, then post-produced and uploaded within a few hours. Again, enjoying the benefit of a high-profile podcast channel – combined with the social stream of the one-day event – Cofluence delivered the following to the conference host…

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INTERVIEWER

4

PANELLISTS

158

CONFERENCE AUDIENCE

25853

PODCAST LISTENS

PORTFOLIO

COFLUENCE AT WORK

As a quick sample of the diversity of our work history as well as approach, here’s a selection of projects we’ve been part of over the past years or that we’re planning for the near future, along with a sneak peek at some of our preferred work principles.

Got a challenging project? You might consider inviting us in to your dilemma.

Or want to ‘co-create your own adventure’? Perhaps you might consider joining our widening circle of like-minded ethos associates.

THE CO-LAB

Exchange ideas with like-minded others and be part of co-design events for public innovation.

THE CO-STUDIO

Get a buzz & experience new skills by participating in our open, user-generated creative sessions.

THE PODIUM

Stay tuned for more interviews with leaders & practitioners, public innovators and social changemakers.

THE PORTFOLIO

Adapt our experience to your needs. Or see yourself alongside us as we shape new creative responses.

For updates on the Cofluence podium or portfolio, our co-social lab or studio, SIGN UP to our new bulletin for soundbites and snippets, learning and links, profiles and public innovation.