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Opportunity to join the Bang the Table team

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/ACCOUNT MANAGER Bang the Table is a fast growing business offering online community engagement services to clients in both Government and Private Sectors.  We are the market leaders in Australia and have worked with over 140 clients. We are seeking an Business Development/Account Manager to play a leading role in the future growth of […]

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Web Accessibility Video

I found this video by the Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs today and wanted to share it.  It’s full of great practical advice. TRANSCRIPT: Web accessibility – What does it all mean? Misconception: Web accessibility is about disability. No, Web accessibility is about universality. It’s about making something that can […]

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Eleven top tips for creating an engaging online consultation

Note: This post is a updated rewrite of an earlier tips sheet. There is much more to a successful online consultation than having a pretty website. Yes, a site needs to look smart and deliver the goods design-wise, but with the main objective being to rally community participation it’s crucial that you deliver a site based […]

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Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance: Book Review

Greek academics, Assistant Professor Yannis Charalabidis and Sotirios Koussouris, have teamed up to edit a new compilation of papers on e-participation and e-governance, Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance: Technologies and Methods for Online Citizen Engagement in Public Policy Making. Ann Macintosh, Professor of Digital Governance, at the University of Leeds notes in the fist of […]

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Survey Says: “Older Citizens Are Getting Active Online”

The notion that older people aren’t active in the online space is demonstrably false. A survey by our Collingwood based friends and neighbours, Ellis Jones, in collaboration with COTA Victoria found that 86% of respondents over 55′s Victorians are active internet users. The results can be found in the research report, Older Victorians Online. Head […]

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Sociability: Social Media for People with a Disability

Media Access Australia and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network have published a review of the accessibility of the most popular social media platforms for people with a disability. Importantly, in addition to providing a nice overview of the accessibility issues with Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Skype and various blogging platforms Sociability: Social Media for […]

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Six things to look for when selecting online community engagement software

There are lots of different options for engaging communities online, ranging from Facebook and Twitter, or more recently Pinterest, to one of a number of proprietary platforms, like our own EngagementHQ, or even platforms built in-house. There are just as many different forms of engagement.  I want to focus here on those situations where there […]

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E-Participation, Transparency, and Trust in Local Government

A study of e-participation enterprises by the Seoul Metropolitan Government “indicates that satisfaction with the user-friendliness of e-participation applications directly and positively affects participants’ social learning and e-participants’ assessment of government transparency.” Soonhee Kim, Professor of Public Administration at Syracuse University and Jooho Lee, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Idaho have […]

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Online Consultation Guide Book

After four and half years of experience working with some 150 clients on well over 500 online consultations the Bang the Table team has put our collective heads together to create an Online Consultation Guide Book. While targeted specifically at users of our online engagement platform, EngagementHQ, the book is overflowing with good practice lessons […]

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Online community engagement: Transparency vs. Anonymity

Not a week goes by in the Bang the Table office where we don’t have heated discussions on the pros and cons of web anonymity when it comes to the world of online community engagement. So when this infographic from Namesake.com (via Visual.ly) popped into my Facebook feed discussing the very topic, I thought it […]

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Archive your project

As part of the January 2012 update to EngagementHQ we are handing over the ability to archive your own projects and add tailored message. Archiving the project does a couple of important things: It switches off all of the feedback tools. The forums, guestbook, surveys and forms are all automatically closed. It add the project […]

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