Disrupting the status quo for social change


Just wanted to say Hi - I’m in the Australian chapter and new to the OKFN network!

Passionate about breaking the cycle of disadvantage through cross sector and discipline collaboration - open data, open gov, startups and tech. I work on Hacks for social change and am re purposing methods like rapid prototyping, UX, hacks and design thinking for gov and NGOs to innovate the way they respond to social disadvantage.

My websites show what I’m up for:
Www.chiefdistupter.com and www.anne-marieelias.com


Hi @ChiefDisrupter, I’m working with State and Local Governments in Australia to help release open data. I wonder what open data has had the most impact in helping break the cycle of disadvantage.

  • Jobs or Training data?
  • Access to community support groups or health services?
  • something else?

Is there one key dataset that we could encourage every council or state to open up? Perhaps something that could drop into one of your hacks for social change?



The following is a trail of using Open Data with Open Data visualisation to support collective impact initiatives; e.g. Logan Together. The objective was to demonstrate how visualising open data, and publishing it in one location will assist planning and analysis across all levels of governement, and the NGO sector.



Hi Stephen
All of the above as well as health, income, education, unemployment, incarceration. I see data as a prism - we usually look at one or two hexagons but in truth we need all data to make the prism and bring us closer to a source of truth!


Thanks for sharing your 30 visualisations @earl_butterworth. It looks like you nailed the @ChiefDisrupter’s prism of data!

Earl do you have a view on what data that council’s are responsible for would be the most valuable to release? Most of your data seems to come from State or National agencies.


From a brief review of local government data sources:

a. A consolidated (bulk file) of services outlets. Often there is a different file for every service; e.g. pools, libraries…
b. Machine readible data for local grants, and funded local services
c. Machine readible maps. Look at the storm surge maps and evacuation routes for North Queensland councils to see areas of improvement http://douglas.qld.gov.au/evacuation-routes-and-maps/ or http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/natural-disasters/tools/evacuation/cairns-barron
d. Evacuation centres - e.g. http://disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Home/EvacList
e. Disability Access data - e.g. http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/community-environment/disability-services/access-for-all-directory
f. Community Services Directory in csv, JSON, XML formats