Who We Are
democracyCo was born out of a frustration that governments were experiencing significant challenges in implementing reform that addresses the scale and complexity of the problems faced by our communities.
Our point of difference
Our experiences in recent years have revealed to us a significant part of the problem is that communities do not trust decisions made by governments, or their processes. We know that this is not unique to Australia and have watched with concern how thriving western democracies around the world have become susceptible to this trend.
This encouraged us to create a business which is unique in every way.
democracyCo is owned by Emily Jenke and Emma Fletcher. It operates as a commercial entity.
We do not align ourselves with issues, nor do we promote agendas. Instead we work with any government, of any persuasion who wants to work with its citizens and stakeholders to take policy forward in its jurisdiction.
As a duo, we use our combined skills in deliberative techniques, policy making and group facilitation to bring governments and the communities they serve closer together.
We do this by…
- A holistic approach that involves communications, policy and engagement,
- Taking the government out of the centre and enabling communities and stakeholders with diverse views to work together in ways that use their knowledge, skills and experience to the best,
- Collaborating – we know that policy making will be better and more sustainable if it’s done collaboratively, meaningfully involving citizens, key stakeholders and government agencies and supporting them to work together,
- Expertly combining education and information with time and deliberation.
Emma Fletcher (nee Lawson) is a policy and community engagement expert. She has worked at the highest echelons of the Public Service in SA and abroad. She offers an unparalleled understanding of the workings and challenges of government as well as extensive networks.
Emily Jenke is one of Australia’s most skilled engagement practitioners and an extremely accomplished and talented facilitator of over 20 years. Emily uses a range of techniques to support a group and her hallmark skills are her ability to read the room – intuitively responding to participants’ needs.
Are you interested in how our democracy works? And want to help be part of making it work better? Register to be part of our Deliberative Army, all committed to working with government to develop public policy.