2016 Sessions

In total, there were 30 fantastic TransportCamp sessions. Session notes were taken for each unconference session.  Each post includes all the essential session details, links and a summary of all the key points of discussion.

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What do people think political representatives need to hear from the public?

Session Details 

  • Host: Georgia Webster (LinkedIn)
  • Organisation: Office of Senator Janet Rice
  • Session: 2 
  • Location: Supper Room

Notes from discussion with wider group: 

Challenges with current political system:

Politicians need better access to impartial, expert advice

Influence of multi-nationals in decision-making / car lobby strong & influence road-orientated transport system

Time constraints on making complex, highly technical, decisions

Desire for politicians to invest in "legacy projects" 

How can we develop more informed public debate?

  • Challenge in communicating complexities / dry information to public, e.g need for investment in maintenance of transport networks 
  • Deep frames guide our decision making (autocratic vs collaborative).

How can we address these issues?

Role of independent bodes, comprised of experts, not aligned with a particular party to develop & support long-term planning.

Need for a Metropolitan level government to better coordinate transport priorities 

Need for government to have access to expert advice 

Marketing the benefits of long-term planning to the public

What can we do within current constraints to improve PT system, as politicians?  

  • Politicians need to listen to experts rather than just popular opinion 
  • Use participatory consultation model
  • Understanding why people are making decisions, rather than just what the decisions are
  • Finding opportunities to have conversation with community.  Share knowledge and expertise in ways to help community to make informed decisions.  
  • Does attendance of politicians at community consultations help or hinder discussions?
  • Public servants not always able to speak out and often prevented from collaborating due to perceived risk
  • Sometimes there is a tendency to focus on status quo / easier outcome rather than the best outcome.  


Recommended reading:

George Lakoff - Don't think of an Elephant

Drew Westen - the Political Brain