Digital equity refers to whether people can access and effectively use the technology necessary to participate in modern society. Digital inclusion is the work that needs to be done to make equity happen. The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the need to address this issue, and with it came new funding and initiatives, including federal ARP funds. Yet, there is very little in the way of coordinated strategies to effectively address equity and inclusion efforts in a comprehensive way. Without these strategies, we are in danger of addressing a complex, interconnected issue with disparate, patchwork solutions.
During this deep-dive, interactive workshop, you learn more about the issue and current efforts to address it from a series of moderated discussions with presenters representing the public, private and civic sectors as well as state policy makers. Then, in a facilitated, planning session you will have the opportunity to help surface and begin to co-design new and/or enhanced collaborative and comprehensive strategies to ensure all communities can access and utilize digital services.
Together, with a diverse, cross-sector group of public and private leaders and stakeholders you will:
– Connect, share information and learn from one another in a trusted, neutral space.
– Discover examples of promising, community-driven approaches to address digital access, affordability and literacy.
– Identify opportunities for more comprehensive, cross-sector, collaborative solutions and energize those opportunities through a process of co-creation and action planning.
– Leaders & representatives from government agencies, nonprofits, foundations, & community groups
– State law makers & policy leaders
– Leaders & representatives from private sector companies
Fusion Learning Partners and HueLife. This session was developed as part of the Minnesota Community Innovation League, an emerging network of innovative and collaborative leaders working towards cross-sector collaboration for equitable and just public service delivery.
Being held in-person* at the St. Paul River Centre in conjunction with the Government IT Symposium Pre-Conference.
*proof of vaccination and masks required for all participants; space will be limited to 100 and designed for safety