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What is MindHive?
We've developed a platform to bring crowdsourcing to policy and strategy formulation. You can interrogate its big database of experts from academia, government and industry to invite them to join a panel to attack the problem. You can also throw the problem open to everyone in the hive. Participants exchange ideas either on a password-protected or an open-access part of the website. MindHive is aimed at improving policy and strategy by boosting the number and diversity of experts and increasing transparency. In short:
- MindHive is an online policy and strategy construction platform.
- MindHive contributors come from universities, corporations, government and NGOs.
- MindHive contributors influence the conversation.
Why our members join?
Our members join for the following reasons:
- To work together on policy and strategy.
- To stir up disruptive ideas.
- To join a network of experts and professionals.
Why do we need MindHive?
At the moment, the majority of public policy is formed behind closed doors. We have developed MindHive as a platform to allow government and bureaucrats, universities and researchers, business and community to work together to create good and workable policy. It is evident that in today's world those outside the structures of government are looking for increased influence in the decision making process. The MindHive platform provides this voice. MindHive is a website that bridges the gap between these important groups of people.
Who runs MindHive?
Eidos Institute oversees MindHive but ultimately it’s run by you – the experts!
How can I get involved?
You can subscribe right now as a Contributor to MindHive – ensuring that your voice is heard in the discussions of major public policy and strategy issues in Australia. Once you’ve requested a subscription, you will be asked to further develop your profile on MindHive. Once your profile is complete, you can begin to collaborate and engage with the Topics and Major Issues posted on MindHive. You may also be approached by Organisations who, based on your profile details, believe you would be an active contributor on their Challenge. You can choose whether to accept the offer to join in on the discussion.
Does it cost to contribute?
An individual can join as a contributor for free. As a contributor you can take part in the discussions and policy process, but you can't upload a topic or issue. If you would like to upload a topic or issue you will need to buy a license. Organisations, like government, corporates, NGO's and universities buy licenses all the time. That allows their staff to not only contribute but to upload big ideas to help change the world.
In the jobs section you will see secondments/exchanges/interchanges available from our partners. Only contributors affiliated with a license-holder can apply and be considered.
If you would like more information on purchasing a license, contact info@mindhive. We'd love to have you join the Hive.
How do registered Contributors engage with MindHive Topics and Major Issues?
Once registered, Contributors can comment, highlight, upload documents, and add conversational value and collaborative capacity with other Contributors, Panelists, Leaders and Curators on MindHive.
Are you affiliated with any political parties?
No. MindHive is powered by Eidos Insitute, an independent not-for-profit think tank. Eidos is a network of partners dedicated to developing ideas through collaboration to improve economic and social outcomes in the public interest. In its 10th year, the strength of Eidos is in its ability to form strong partnerships with government, university and industry.MindHive brings together people from a variety of backgrounds to collaborate to improve policy in Australia, but remains independent of any political affiliation.
Who do I contact at MindHive for media relations?
Please contact our communications team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Eidos Institute on +61 (07) 3009 7900.
Who determines which projects and conversations get started?
MindHive Topics and Major Issues are proposed by our licence holder Organisations, supported by the Eidos Team of Account Managers.
What kind of challenges does MindHive look at?
We want to help our licence holder Organisations with any problems they have. However, to benefit from the MindHive discussion, the problem should be one that gains from diverse consulttation, seeks impact, and is interested in long to medium term solutions.
What happens when a project is completed?
All versions of the document and all discussion will be archived on MindHive.org. Projects will archive automatically, allowing the Organisation to refer back to a project once complete. Publicity of the final document will be decided by the Organisation that proposed the project. If the project is Private during the process, it can remain Private in the archive, or the Organisation can choose to make it Public upon completion. If it remains Private, it would be no longer visible to Contributors. Those who contributed to the Topic or Major Issue will receive updates on the progress of that particular policy or strategy.
What do we get as a licence holder Organisation?
Your Organisation can nominate one Major Issue for a fully facilitated process per year. As part of this process your MindHive Account Manager will take you step-by-step through a ten to thirteen week process, and Eidos will contract a Leader and Curator to help you shape and refine your policy or strategy. You may also use your MindHive account to publish as many Topics or Major Issues, Public or Private, as you wish. The Organisation has access to the Hive of experts, and can request their help on a Major Issue or Topic at any time.
Is there a minimum subscription period?
We require a minimum subscription of 12 months.
What is the difference between a Panel member and a Contributor?
All individuals who have signed up to the site are 'Contributors'. Once registered, Contributors are defined by their various areas of expertise, and each project can, if so desired, be limited to contributors within specific areas of expertise. Panel members for each project are selected from within the associated Contributor base. When a topic is advertised, those contributors can nominate as potential panel members. The Panel is then selected by the Leader on the basis of those applications. Panel members work together to produce the policy document. The document they produce is then published on the website, visible to all Contributors from the selected topic areas (based on level of privacy selected by the organisation). Those Contributors can then offer comments on each section of the document, and ‘upvote’ or reply to each others’ comments. On the basis of this feedback, the panel members can revise the document, which then goes back for the same process. This can happen as many times as desired or necessary up until the deadline set by the Organisation that proposed the topic initially.
Can registered Organisations choose to have their policy challenges Public or Private?
Of course. Organisations choose if they'd like their Challenge to be open, or if they require a more confined discussion. This typically depends on the topic, timing, and any other sensitivities to be considered. Once an Organisation uploads their Challenge, they will be prompted over who they would like to contribute on their topic.
As a Contributor how will I be identified as affiliated with my Organisation?
So that your Organisational affiliation shows up in searches within MindHive you should ensure that your Organisation name is included in your Profile Description.
Some MindHive Contributors are affiliated with more than Organisation. Your Profile Description allows you to list your association and can be updated and edited at any time.
I am both a Contributor as well as my Organisation's MindHive Account Administrator. What is the difference?
To be able to act as your Organisation's MindHive Account Administrator you must also have a MindHive Contributor Profile. As an Administrator you are able to post and edit Topics and Major Issues. You will also make the amendments to the documents that arise from discussion in MindHive. Organisational Administrators can amend the document in MindHive, whereas Contributors can make comments on Topics and Major Issues. Organisational Administrators are able to switch between their Organisation's view and their Contributor view by selecting from a dropdown menu at the top righthand side of the MindHive interface.
I know that I have been invited to be a Contributor on a Major Issue and/or Topic and I haven't received the email invitation. What should I do?
MindHive requests licence holder Organisations' Information Technology departments whitelist our servers, however, sometimes verification mail and invitations to contribute or join a panel may end up in Junk or Spam folders. Always check your Junk or Spam folders first. If you still haven't received an email you are expecting from MindHive contact email@example.com for further support.
I signed up as a Contributor because I worked for a licence holder Organisation. My new employer is not a MindHive licence holder. Can I still contribute?
MindHive Contributors are approved on the merits of their expertise and relevant experience, and are not necessarily affiliated with licence holder Organisations. You may continue to contribute to Topics and Major Issues if you leave your job at a licence holder Organisation.
What's in it for Contributors?
MindHive is a site to showcase and put to use your specialist expertise on solving society's toughest problems and challenges. MindHive Account Managers often select our contracted Leaders and Curators from the pool of Contributors.
Do I require any particular software on my computer to use MindHive?
MindHive is a website. Our recommended desktop environment is Windows using Chrome. However MindHive should work on the latest version of Firefox and IE 10 / 11.
Having trouble with your web browser?
Google Chrome is MindHive's preferred web browser. We recommend you download it if using MindHive.
Why am I not receiving MindHive emails?
If you're having receiving emails from MindHive, it's probably because you are behind an email firewall. You might send this page to your IT group and politely ask them to use the information below to whitelist our servers. This will hopefully prevent future delivery problems!
Server IP: 22.214.171.124
If you continue to have troubles receiving emails from MindHive please let us know. Call and speak to a MindHive Account Manager on +61 7 30097900.
Wish to change your mail preferences?
If you no longer wish to receive email notifications, you can manage your email preferences by visiting your MindHive profile. Here you can control notifications from the website or unsubscribe to all web notificatons. If you click on the Account tab, preferences for emails are shown.
Why isn’t MindHive free for organisations?
To make sure that all the great minds can join, MindHive is free for any contributor. However, building the platform and ensuring that the needed support for high quality conversations is in place, requires money. For this reason the organisations that want to join and get their challenges solved have to pay licences. We are currently working on methods that would allow more non-profits to join as organisations. Also, Eidos too is a not-for-profit organisation with only a few full-time employees. If we make any profit, it all goes to further developing the website and to supporting research.
What is the level of research/policy expertise in academia that will be accessible?
The level available will depend on the database we gather, but we are expecting to generate an international research community of highly productive and well-respected academics from a wide-range of disciplines.
What is the expectation of public contributions from public servants?
There are no expectations, unless public servants want to contribute on a personal level in offering their expertise.
How is MindHive situated in comparison to other well-known conversations?
MindHive wants to engage with other political discussions and seeks partnerships with other online policy innovation leaders. In comparison to social media debates, MindHive discussions are curated. Requirements for contributors ensure that the discussion is of high standard.
Compared to traditional policy consulting, MindHive sources researchers and experts from various backgrounds to participate and contribute to policy challenges. MindHive's range of panelists and expertise within the site will shape the way in which the policy challenge is considered. It provides a fresh group of experts who can create new conversations out of old issues.
What kind of policy challenges does MindHive look at?
We want to help our Licence Organisations with any problems they have. However, to benefit from the MindHive discussion the problem should be one that gains from diverse consultant group, seeks for impact, and is interested in long/medium term solutions.
What is the level of security?
The site has been constructed to banking standards, with encrypted databases and daily penetration testing. OpenVAS is used to ensure this standard is maintained.
Will the platform work on desktop and mobile devices?
Yes. The website will resize to function on any screen size.
Are different project/conversations separate or does access to the platform give you access to all the conversations?
Conversations are separate. Access to each discussion is determined by the organisation proposing the topic. To source appropriate contributors for each project, a database of contributors is available for the organisation proposing the topic. The database classifies contributors based on research expertise, institutional affiliation, and previous fields of research to which the academic has made significant contribution (based on their detailed MindHive profile). The organisation can make their project known to a set cohort of academics in designated fields of research, as well as search and select researchers individually from the database. Organisations are also able to invite outsiders to MindHive, who will be asked to register in order to join the discussion.
What happens when a project shuts down or is completed?
All versions of the document and all discussion will be archived on MindHive.org. Projects will archive automatically, allowing the organisation to refer back to a project once complete. Publicity of the final document will be decided by the organisation which proposed the project. If the project is private during the process, it can remain private in the archive, or the organisation can choose to make it public upon completion. If it remains private, it would be no longer visible to contributors. Those who contributed to the topic will receive updates on the progress of that particular policy.
Is there a minimum subscription period?
We require a minimum subscription of 12 months.
How will intellectual property and non-disclosure/confidentiality be handled?
Confidentiality is one of our core values. Intellectual property and non-disclosure/confidentiality will be negotiated upon entry into the panel. A client would negotiate the I.P. arrangements on a case-by-case basis with the panel. The preferred default for MindHive is that the I.P. would remain open.
What is the vetting process for Contributors?
After initial registration, contributors must develop their profile by submitting their last publications, describing case studies of strategy and policy impact, and presenting their institutional affiliation, areas of expertise, and degree background. Eidos will monitor organisations and individual contributor registration to ensure their areas of expertise accurately conveys their background. The search engine will be as granulated as possible, providing accurate results to those searching for detailed and specific expertise.
What is the difference between a panel member and a contributor?
All individuals who have signed up to the site are 'contributors'. Once registered, contributors are defined by their various areas of expertise, and each project can, if so desired, be limited to contributors within specific areas of expertise. Panel members for each project are selected from within the associated contributor base. When a topic is advertised, those contributors can nominate as potential panel members.
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