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CSI Swinburne 2017 Commencement Lecture

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Date: Thursday 16 March 2017
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre – The Zelman Room 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122 -->

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The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne holds an annual Commencement Lecture at the beginning of the academic year.  This year, Professor Jane Farmer, Director of the Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute will speak on “Exploring the Landscape of Citizen Coproduction of Services".

About the lecture

Coproduction is an international social and health policy trend. Citizens and consumers are requested to participate in service design, provision and governance.

This discussion will draw on a decade of evidence from research on citizen and community participation in new service coproduction in Europe and Australia. Professor Farmer’s research approach is to use evidence in deliberative discussions with citizens, service providers and managers, and to study what happens.

Evidence-based coproduction engages citizens with objective data, research findings and exemplar initiatives. Over time, the research has revealed what does, and doesn’t ‘work’ – and why.  

Professor Farmer will explore: who participates, how much does it matter and including ‘everyone’; and the potential role of ‘breaking ideas’ like boundary spanners, collective intelligence, participative technologies and Collective Impact.

Professor Farmer will consider how existing public sector regimes cope with grassroots co-produced innovations and the optimal conditions for coproduced services to thrive. Finally, given that recent commentary notes little apparent radical impact despite all the emphasis on citizen involvement… Professor Farmer will consider how that situation might change.

About the speaker

Jane Farmer is Director of the Swinburne Social Innovation Institute and Professor of Health and Social Innovation at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne. She has published around 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and a book on Community Co-production. Jane has studied coproduction in Australia and Europe, attracting more than $14 million in grants to support her work. Her studies have won prizes for innovation and industry partnership and have made considerable community and policy impacts.

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This is a free public lecture. Please register to secure your place.

Contact Information: Michael Fawaz
Email: Tel: (03) 9214 3757