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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... says you can? These are not times of plenty. Councils do not have limitless funds to throw in whichever direction they see fit, and often even those ideas which might have long-term benefit for them ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... works on the basis that bringing great minds together results in exponentially more productivity and better ideas than any of them could achieve by themselves. By bringing together people from local government ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... inequalities continue. New research providing a bird’s eye view of equalities practice down the decades shows that many ideas have been resistant change. Whereas society has changed greatly over the ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... was that at Cabinet meetings when George Osborne said "ok, we need to make another couple of billion....any ideas?", whilst everyone else looked down and shuffled their papers, E-Pic could barely wait ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... reports, describing bright ideas which will *absolutely* reduce costs by billions of pounds across all councils. I’ve always been sceptical of the numbers bandied about by some of these reports, and a ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... over the last few years I’ve left enthused and invigorated for the year ahead. I've left full of ideas and inspiration, and with a clutch of new contacts to follow up on and talk with. I've left with a ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... or might not happen. Most then hope that these are quietly forgotten about so that their rash forecasts and unrealised ideas aren’t brought up in twelve months’ time. It is therefore with some trepidation ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up with a dozen ideas, select which one you want to extend, draft out the outline, go back and fill in the blanks, research some quotes to insert, tidy up all of the grammatical and spelling mistakes, ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... by Alive - The Ideas Agency   3. Best small team (from one-man band up to three people max) public vote sponsored by David Banks Media Law   4. Lifetime achievement to comms public vote sponsored by Touch ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... They set the field and in doing so establish the mindset of the team, they work to keep morale up, they have a quiet word to encourage new players or tell underperforming stars to buck their ideas up or ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... than strategic. NLGN ran in ‘innovation bar’ which, like their Apple Genius Bar counterparts gave people the chance to talk through their ideas and thoughts to identify innovative solutions. This was ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... number (and quality) of the posts, along with the thinking behind them. LocalGovCamp seems to have enabled people to reach out towards concepts and ideas which have been tantalisingly intangible for a ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... this is a problem per se. The public sector should not be afraid of the private sector and the more good ideas we have in local government the better; wherever they come from. However, I do worry that ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  Recently unseated as the top dog in his respective organisation the manager is looking for a second act on the big stage. Cllr Jim McMahon: Belgium Young with a lot of good ideas based on a local ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... than differences in the challenges faced by local governments but we still see lots of reinventing of the wheel when it comes to digital services, rather than scaling and improving on great ideas. Therefore, ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... on the idea that by understanding the barriers and then proposing some modest ideas for how these could be overcome we could contribute to a debate that needs greater prominence. Whether we have achieved ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

Writing this blog over the years has put us in the very lucky position of occasionally receiving advance sight of different reports and papers, which often spark a chain reaction of ideas often ending ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... on the frontline.   Finally, there was much to be gained simply by pulling such a diverse range of people from across government and the private sector into one room. Ideas were shared, and soft networks ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... resources. And that was just one session. Too often in our day jobs we work in the same small teams with the same people and miss out on the opportunity to bounce ideas off others in a larger group setting. ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in this series and would welcome more guest posts to contribute to the debate whether you think we are right and have some ideas to contribute or believe we need to change course totally. Either way please ...