Go Digi Manifesto - First Steps


The day started off beautifully at Library at the Dock, an impressive new community hub in Melbourne’s Docklands.

A picture of the Docklands in Melbourne

Our aim for the day was to start to develop a Manifesto for Digital Inclusion to sharpen our focus for the National Year of Digital Inclusion and beyond. 

Setting the scene we had lightning talks from UK and Australian digital inclusion experts Helen Milner and Brendan Fitzgerald.

This was followed by National Year of Digital Inclusion Champion Brad Howarth leading us bravely through a set of activities.

Brad Howarth, convening the Melbourne Digital Inclusion Manifesto Workshop

The first task was to construct a timeline to reflect on our own relationship to the digital world.

The timeline of technology created by the Melbourne Manifesto group

With dashings of humour.

Some comedy about dogs on the Manifesto Timeline

Workshop participants were then asked to imagine a future where everyone is empowered to improve their quality of life through technology, as well as practical steps we could all take to help us get there.

Some of the participants in the Melbourne Digital Inclusion Manifesto Workshop

There were even a few brave people who shared their personal manifestos for 2016 in front of a camera.

Helen's manifesto is to email the PM about the National Year of Digital Inclusion

CEO of the Tinder Foundation in the UK Helen Milner is going to email Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull.

Aisa's personal manifesto is to help his Mum get onto Facebook.

Whilst Online Engagement Officer at the Public Record Office Victoria, and Go Digi Mentor, Asa Letourneau is going to help his mum get a new Facebook page.

Stay tuned to the Go Digi blog for more about the outcomes of the Digital Inclusion Manifesto workshops in the next couple of weeks. We will also be asking for your input into the Manifesto soon!

Cheers from the Go Digi Team and thanks to everyone who participated in our first Manifesto Workshop.