make paths | OPEN process design tool

Explaining things shouldn’t be complicated.

Process pathways help people navigate complex process and content. They are a great way to help people immediately see the big picture, understand how things are connected, and are powerful educational and engagement tools.

Pathways also help people understand what happened when with who, their place in a process, or simply tell a compelling visual story or illustrate a journey. They also make sense of data. They connect data and link information in a meaningful way.

Perfect for demystifying complicated government information such as policy design, mining licences, infrastructure projects, procurement or contracting pathways, and legislation design. Other ways we’ve used process pathways to demystify processes and help governments be more open are here.

Tools to make open process easy for you.

We love making useful tools and content. So we want to help people make their own visually compelling process stories.

Make Paths is a content design tool we’re developing to help people design beautiful, engaging, shareable, interactive, animated, and printable infographic pathways of processes, policies, and project and product approaches and lifecycles.

Why? We want to help governments and organisations create compelling content which is meaningful, useful, and relevant to multiple audiences and to help drive public engagement and participation.

Our big vision is to create a home for people to publish and share their process stories.

We’re currently self-funding the development of Make Paths and Open Process through content creation partnerships. We’re open to innovation or civic tech funding opportunities too. 

If you have any process stories you need help creating or are interested in supporting us, feel free to get in touch!

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make platform | data storytelling and public participation tool

Making data meaningful.

We're creating an open government online platform to combine data, storytelling, and participation.

Most data platforms are technical and lack contextual content. Open data is out there but not in formats accessible for non technical people. Platforms publish information but rarely have feedback loops. We’ve identified a global need to help inform and engage communities and industry, and deliver on open government commitments. 

In 2014 we created a revolutionary community engagement tool, Common Ground, in collaboration with the NSW Government. You can read more about the background to this project and our participatory design approach from in this article. Our work has been internationally recognised as best practice and inspired other governments.

Many people have approached us with a similar problem - wanting a way to connect and present data and policies in a community friendly way to drive engagement, collect data, and share feedback.

Over the last few years we've been in research and development to further this work by exploring different uses, themes, audiences, ways to connect more relevant data and create content assets to drive citizen engagement, often in a fast paced deadline driven environment.

Our mission is to use our experiences and collaborate with different organisations, governments, and communities across the world to create an reusable open source platform for everyone and anyone who wants to; connect and share data, publish useful educational content, enable public participation in government decision making, and drive community and industry engagement in project pipelines.

We're looking for content and funding partners, if you are interested, we’d love to hear from you.