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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... for a proportion of their week; however, to date, these have mostly been internal to GDS. Imagine if that talent could be taken out of the office instead? Imagine a team of LGDS staff, trained and experienced ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of organisations, each using dozens of systems or more and each at different stages of digital awareness and progress, but that’s nothing new. Using the skills and experience built up over the past few ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and the amount of random chatter can be limited to keep things focussed and on track. And yet… In my experience, often there is nothing that beats a face to face meeting. Yes, we all overdo these sometimes; ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... Alliance). Whether this saw cuts to unnecessary spending or it instead removed a huge amount of senior experience from the ranks when it was needed the most is as always up for debate, but it certainly ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... with the same people all over again. Too many of the middle third and you have to wonder where all the experience has gone. Too many of the final third and the group memory disappears, dooming them to ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

I had a novel experience a couple of weeks ago. For the first time in my life I put in an FOI request. It was sent to six local authorities, and asked them three or four questions about a topic which wasn’t ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... wrong and people experience inequality, degradation and unfairness. Systems must be held to account by the people they serve. This failure must power a relentless drive for improvement; the status quo ...

Running before you can walk; Government plans to share your data

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a full expert on information sharing but my experience so far has been that even with the ‘Duty to Share’ the barriers to sharing are more cultural and practical. Organisations don’t have proper information ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the same by tomorrow. Some may say “we were just lucky”, but in my experience there’s no such thing as luck; luck is simply preparation meeting opportunity. Being open as you go helps as you don’t then ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  Nonetheless, and despite the general sense of personal tension I feel today, I can honestly say that my experience of paternity leave was one that I genuinely enjoyed. It wasn't without its ups and downs ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... redundancies and a tendency to prioritise experience over potential. There’s also a tendency to bring in someone from ‘outside’ when anything exciting is about to happen. Thus, if you want a new challenge ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... me wrong, I'm not anti-private sector at all (some of my best friends work in the for-profit world) but it means I've got little direct experience of the small differences which will set it all apart from ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... through the same challenges their predecessors grappled with but without the benefit of firsthand experience and hindsight. We spend too long comparing ourselves against each other We all love a good ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... services. Hundreds of apps and digital solutions, solving many civic challenges, are being deployed across the globe and here at Nesta we want to draw from the experience of successful services to enable ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... has not been my experience at all but the more I thought about it the more I wondered whether the reason was due to seniority. The panel were fairly senior and perhaps there is more movement between the ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... officer as evolving to be more one of an entrepreneur. I’m not a policy person (although have a love of public policy) so I don’t know if this analysis is merely based on my limited experience, and ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the theme of which was sharing knowledge across the central-local divide. Our speakers had a wealth of experience to draw on… • Caroline Tapster – former HCC chief executive, now at the LGA and a non-executive ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... well as catching up with many I’d not seen in a long time. The social environment is an often ignored part of working with others, and in my experience is not actively encouraged in local government. ...