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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and working with end users to improve your understanding of what is really needed rather than what you thought it needed. Being a point of leadership Finally, figureheading matters. Without a well-publicised ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

In the previous article a simple premise was explored; that the introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS) would be a good thing for local government in the UK. If you’ve not read it yet ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and irrefutable. Who wouldn’t want to have access to some incredible minds doing amazing things which others until that point had thought impossible to accomplish? A service which would focus on achieving ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... all know and recognise. So, without further ado enjoy today’s post from Joy Warmington from Brap (@JWmusesthis on the twitter); it provides good food for thought. Here’s a quick question for you. For ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... needs to better consider both of these sides of the coin rather than seeing one as the panacea of all ills. It needs to improve its culture of booking meetings with little thought as to whether or not ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to collect to prove it had been done, he simply gave councils free rein and released them to the wild. They were better able and empowered to give things ago than many thought possible and perhaps sensible, ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... than I had planned. And so, in the spirit of Dan Slee, onto my thoughts: 1) Matthew Taylor, he of the RSA, was brilliant in outlining his thoughts on leadership. I wouldn't be able to do his talk justice ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... is. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter, but not before having a good read... Local government is ‘blessed’ to have many wise people orbiting around the sector who write lengthy, eloquent  and solemn ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... me wonder whether this is a temporary focus on different areas as I adjust to life outside the public sector or a more permanent situation. Overall I thought UKGovCamp15 was a great success. In no ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to support it. In the process of having these discussions with colleagues I tried to go through what an unconference is and why these events are so fantastic; it was a lot harder than I thought it would ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  However, like Glen, I do miss it and thus when I found myself staring at a computer screen with a spare hour or so I thought I’d try and craft something that looked back at 2014 and peeked forward too. ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... my own name could have things read into it which could make life awkward (rightly or wrongly). I’ve had posts which were entirely innocent in intent pulled up by senior staff who thought I was talking ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... but a response as well I was on a high! “Wow!” I thought, “these guys are really on the ball! I know it wasn’t a complicated request but I didn’t expect them to respond quite so quickly!” However. Imagine ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of us and one less of them.” In the modern age, for many people with a tattoo this holds true. Tattoos can be a symbol of a person’s individuality, of their own personal style, thoughts, attitudes and ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... here's a brilliant piece for you to read through about a pretty serious topic; social care...   I will ease you in with a simple thought- the way we care for one another matters most about society. ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... do, and we’re great, so act like us.” I paraphrase, but effectively that is all they ended up saying. There was no thought to the years of preparation that went into all of it, the discussions, the arguments, ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... fivelive) and as far as I am aware if you don’t have a digital radio the station is still marooned on medium wave. However, the more I thought about it the more this makes sense. In many other countries ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... it brought together leaders, councillors, chief execs and senior staff from across the country to look at the issues facing the sector and hear from others involved what their own thoughts are. It also ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... provocative than the article which was, as always, a thoughtful look at the issue; examining tensions in housing policy and the struggles that local authorities and social landlords are having in balancing ...