Years before James Surowiecki wrote The Wisdom of Crowds I was committed to engaging people to understand their perspectives and improve outcomes.

Luckily all my work, whether in industrial relations, children’s rights, consumer protection, community development, regional development, workplace safety or road safety, has had engaging people front and centre. I’ve engaged staff, stakeholders, businesses, and community members to support change and achieve well designed and effective programs.

I’m also a bit of a technology nerd and love using technology to do things quicker, smarter and more effectively. And whilst I was initially sceptical about online engagement, since discovering Synthetron, a unique online platform from Europe which provides dynamic real-time engagement, I’m a convert.

Add my interest in understanding how and why things work (and don’t work) – which lead me to undertaking a PhD on the impact of democratic innovations (still underway) and my experience working with the newDemocracy Foundation – designing, recruiting and overseeing citizens’ jury processes and here I am!

With Deliberately Engaging I bring together my engagement experience with my love of technology and my commitment to democratic innovations, to support governments and other organisations engage with their internal and external stakeholders and the broader community to add value to their thinking and planning, in three key ways:

– designing and delivering effective engagement processes
– recruiting mini-publics for deliberative processes, and
– designing and delivering Synthetron online engagement sessions.

When I’m not supporting organisations deliberately engaging with their stakeholders and community or researching the impact of democratic innovations, I volunteer for Herd2Homes an organisation which rescues working dogs who have been abandoned.

I’m looking forward to working with you – deliberately engaging your community – please give me a call.

Warm regards,

Nivek Thompson
Deliberately Engaging Pty Ltd
+61 412 544 672

My first foster dog, Ollie.

My first foster dog, Ollie.

My current (foster-fail) dog, Butch.

My current (foster-fail) dog, Butch.