An update to our Base Team, speak up for encryption and an invite to celebrate with us!

Hello ,

Welcome to the final newsletter for 2018. Thank you for being a part of our community and welcoming us into your inbox throughout the year. We love sharing our highs and lows, what we're reading and writing, and what we're tinkering on with you.

I hope that these newsletters have been a source of interesting and useful things and that they bring a tiny bit of delight to your day.

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Over the summer Lina will be doing less with the Code for Australia community so that she can do more as a Collaboration Designer and Facilitator with other organisations and communities, locally and internationally. You can read more read more about what the last two years have meant for her and her current mission. If you’re curious about anything that’s happened over the last two years, now’s the time to ask Lina because she will be contemplating this in the near future as she publishes more Weeknotes.

Lastly, if you're in Melbourne and don't have too many end of year celebrations - we'd love to celebrate with you at our final Open House for the year on Thursday Melbourne. We'd love to see a turnout like our October one (pictured above) - or we have a dial in option too.

See you online or offline soon, otherwise hope you have a restful and happy summer holiday!

Grace (the storyteller)
+ The Code for Australia Team



Small steps in a good direction lead to great things. Here's a few things we think are definitely worth celebrating.

Last week, our friends at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (VIC) launched Foresight a tool allows cross-agency emergency management staff to access forecast fire weather information, which was prototyped by one of our Fellowship teams earlier this year.

It's incredible to see the work we start continuing on and making it out into the wild. Well done to all who were involved: especially Alice and Natalie from DELWP and Fellows Georgie, Merrin and Krishna.


The Reading Room

Here's where you'll still find all your monthly bits of good stuff happening in the world of civic tech - both in Australia and abroad.

Canada's attempts to transform procurement
How to be a responsible leader in a digital world
A short video primer on participatory budgeting
What a food systems built on blockchain looks like
Digital Rights Declaration - protecting rights online and off

Listen to my podcast
If audio is how you learn best, this is where we'll share our favourite podcasts, audiobooks and the occasional motivational playlist.

This month: How to Design For Social Impact, a conversation from the brilliant team at IDEO U.

Voices From The Team

A collection of stories, updates, achievements and thoughts from the Code for Australia blog, and sometimes, further afield.

Weeknote 2018–47: Making the implicit explicit
When it’s time to leave, be kind and go calmly

Open Nouse— November 2018 Edition
Weeknote 2018–41: Canberra and Bucharest
Weeknote 2018–45: in 2019 we’ll be "custom first"


Opportunities & Events

Here are some of ways you can raise a hand, collaborate, learn and explore civic tech this month.

Join us online or in person at our final Open House
Raise your voice to protect encryption in Australia

Apply to speak at Women Who Code in San Francisco
MTALKS: Citizen-led, government dread
Mariana Mazzucato - The Value of Everything



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