Dr Andy Williamson is an internationally recognised expert in digital and new media strategies with an in-depth understanding of effective citizen engagement and online democracy. CEO of Future Digital, he has advised a number of governments and was recently described by the UK’s Observer newspaper as a ‘prominent democrat’. A New Zealander based in London, Andy holds a PhD from Monash University in Australia.
Government policy is written by those who show up. Unfortunately, most of us don’t. Most don’t see the point: we don’t trust government. Or politicians. And we don’t believe that there’s anything we can do to influence them. I’ve been arguing that digital can help change this. Not set democracy on fire, suddenly re-igniting our latent passions for civic engagement. But just maybe break down the barriers so it’s easier to take part. Our personal tipping point is reached sooner, sustained longer.