In our birthplace of the UK, Delib is a company name that many people know well. Our commitment to developing, enhancing and championing community engagement practices is evident. And through our digital engagement tools – Dialogue, Budget Simulator and Citizen Space we provide accessibility for communities to provide feedback, voice decisions and ask questions of Government, departments and organisations.
Delib’s commitment to championing their clients and their innovation is well known, and this ethos has most definitely spread to Australia and New Zealand.
For our readers who may not know the name Delib – it was founded in 2001 in the UK by three Bristol University friends who were asked by the government of the day for their thoughts on how young people could become more engaged with democracy. From this, presentations to the Hansard Society, a series of highly successful digital democracy games for school-aged children and a series of serious and not-so-serious online videos were made.
Then a man called Barack Obama phoned.
Well, one of his “people” really!
As he commenced his presidency, Obama was interested in how he could use a digital tool like Dialogue to engage with the American public, and for the first time in that government’s history- open up a digital space for people to participate in democracy.
The biggest “buzz” we get at Delib is when our clients utilise our digital tools and then spark their own innovations to enhance their interactions and engagement with their communities.
In Australia and New Zealand, our clients may not include the President of The United States but they are digitally breaking ground and transforming the online engagement space, and boy do we love it.
Clients like Metro North Health in Queensland are re-shaping their internal communication practices to create their own Super-User Groups to collectively get the most out of Citizen Space.
They are also taking digital engagement to their stakeholders, having face-to-face conversations, and then utilising the collected data to shape the way oral health is delivered to those who face significant health and wellness challenges.
And across the Tasman, Hamilton City Council is using Citizen Space to transform the way they interact with their residents. The accessibility of Citizen Space has ensured a record number of stakeholders have participated for the first time in an engagement program.
When our clients are shaping our own work through their feedback, ideas and influence- we can’t help but celebrate them. We look forward to introducing more of our clients to you with the aim of creating even more ideas, discussion and conversations with us, with your communities and within your own workplaces.
We can’t wait to share.
But more importantly- we look forward to listening.