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Damian Carmichael

Damian Carmichael

Lead, APS Engage, Government of Australia

Damian Carmichael is the Lead of APS Engage, a group in the Australian Public Service (APS) dedicated to building the engagement capability of the APS. Damian 25 years’ public sector experience in policy and service delivery and has held leadership positions in Canberra, the States and Territories and overseas. He cares about good strategy, innovation, leadership and performance. He has worked in a range of transformational programmes across government.

Damian has expertise in the areas of engagement, leadership, strategy development, change management, and team building for high performance, gained through successfully leading large scale public sector operations in high risk environments.

Damian was the architect of the Australian Public Service Framework for Engagement and Participation. He is currently involved in the design of the Australia‘s third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. He is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Innovative Citizen Participation network.

Damian is also a co-chair of the OGP Practice Group on Dialogue and Deliberation.

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Why Shared Narratives Matter More Than Ever

Arguably the most over-used word in public policy is “narrative”. Everyone likes to bandy it about, from politicians and pundits to scholars and therapists. So, do we really need an explanation as to why narrative is also important for public deliberation? The answer is, more than ever.

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