It’s that time of year again, the time during which I roll out all the reasons and excuses for not blogging regularly. I was making these excuses to the inimitable Dan Slee last week so he set me a six week blogging challenge to help me get over myself and I’m grabbing it. I’ve fallen […]Read More It will all be OK, right?
I’m part of a growing network of people who would like to make it easier for conference and workshop organisers to have a wider variety of speakers at their events and to help those who are less confident speakers gain the confidence to represent different points of view at events. It’s win-win! Although I work […]Read More Be #upfront
During the social indicator trend of the 1970’s, specifically in the US government, ‘Choices of indicators were not selected explicitly to address defined policy objectives, nor were they linked to policy proposals in areas where there was a public commitment to action. Indicators were not designed to characterize issues narrowly or to evaluate policies. The […]Read More Alternative metrics for public services
‘Could I please have a flat white and your wi-fi password?’ *side eye* ‘We don’t have wi-fi because we want people to talk to each other and not stare at their phones.’ And so began an exchange in a cafe near my flat. I’d just moved to a new neighbourhood which is packed with independent […]Read More Print magazines made me realise I’m kind of an asshole
Last week I published a series of posts to LinkedIn about common fears and anxieties I’ve heard about and come up against in my ten or so years working with public services and all things digital. You can read the roundup here and link to each post from there too. I feel really frustrated that […]Read More Defy fear in 2016
I recently went along to a Masterclass hosted by SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives), a representative body for CEs and senior managers working in the UK’s public sector and Improvement Service, an organisation that helps local authorities in Scotland develop in various ways through advisory and consultation services. The Masterclass focused on two […]Read More What does a public servant look like in the 21st century?
Earlier this month I contributed to a PhD research project ‘concerned with the role of online information in the creation, building, and assessment of personal reputations.’ My contributions were in the form of a diary and an interview over Skype. The diary exercise was for one week and it involved me reflecting on everything I […]Read More The time I tracked my every move on social media