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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.

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.

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.

G2r

Co-reporting on topical issues

We're building social knowledge networks of

innovators

academics

policymakers

&

citizen reporters

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

I N T E R A C 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 ECOSYSTEM 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 + CREATIVE INTERACTION

OUR PRACTICE IN ACTION

Convening national dialogue

Convening national dialogue

The Cofluence team facilitated the 2026 Agenda national dialogue tour with SIBA and the CRC for Spatial Information to develop a 10-year strategic roadmap for the spatial information industry .

Producing challenge events

Producing challenge events

How do we create more, faster, better open data in NSW? This is the challenge we set at the Open Data Policy Challenge for policymakers, technologists, civic hackers, app developers, academics, journalists and data enthusiasts to prototype policy responses, tools or programs to escalate the creation and use of open data

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 has been exploring public service transition trends in the national capital through a special co-design /research project – xPS – for the ACT Government through the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN).

Facilitating innovation events

Facilitating innovation events

We’ve been bringing our Participatory eXperience (PX) approach to facilitating a range of recent events and initiatives, including the NSW Open Data ThinkTank and the NSW Single Land Cadastre initiative.


Busting myths through collective experience

What are some of the things standing in the way of open data? Presented with characters representing nine of the most commonly-held myths around open data, we challenged participants at Open Data ThinkTank to come up with evidence-based responses to effectively “bust” each myth.

Strategic roadmapping with purpose

Strategic roadmapping with purpose

The Cofluence team has been embedded with the Foundation Spatial Services group of NSW Land and Property Information.  Through a series of workshops with a mix of staff including technicians, scientists, surveyors and trainees right through to senior management, we’ve co-designed an integrated suite of strategic roadmaps.

GOVCAMP AUSTRALIA – INNOVATING FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
  • A forum for ‘strategic conversation’ on public innovation between public sector leaders & managers, as well as business and community sector leaders
  • In 2015, a city capitals Innovation Dialogues event tour in July 2015 as part of Public Sector Innovation Month followed by a one-day nationally-networked video roundtable forum
  • In 2014, 6 cities were networked for a one-day event with over 300 participants
  • Convened by Cofluence as a prototype ‘social knowledge’ program on public innovation
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GOVCAMP INNOVATION DIALOGUES: BY THE NUMBERS

PARTICIPATE FOR NEW KNOWLEDGE, NEW EXPERIENCE

THINK. LINK. LEAD.

Are you Cofluential?

Plug in to our world. Cofluence is always developing new participatory programs 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, these initiatives 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 email update featuring people profiles, links & snippets on public innovation and social shift.

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GovCamp Australia

GovCamp Australia is an open national initiative with major government and corporate supporters.

In 2014 Cofluence – along with over 30 volunteers around Australia – convened the first nationally networked GovCamp in 6 cities. In 2015 we deepened this experience through the Innovation Dialogues national tour in each capital city for national Public Sector Innovation Month.

We’re always keen to hear from public sector partners & local city team members so please…

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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
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION CASES

PODCASTING AS SOCIAL KNOWLEDGE

Far from slipping into obscurity as a medium, 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

1584322

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 preview of 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.

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