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Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the second of which was on the divide between public and private sectors, why this divide exists and what can be done about it. I got a little (I hope) lighthearted booing from the audience when I revealed ...

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 ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in local government, and another eight in the voluntary and community sector before that. Over all that time I've always worked in some way, shape or form in the world of community engagement, be that ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

Today, Friday 30 May, is not only my last day in my current job, it is also my last day in the public sector. I am leaving local government’s ranks and joining a really exciting company to work on digital ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... for government and civic sectors too. From the StreetBump app that identifies potholes, to the Patchwork service enabling care professionals to communicate better, technology is helping improve local public ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in over eight years be outside of the public sector, though I will be working very closely with Councils to look at their digital needs and then to bring some top technical minds to the table to meet those ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... facilitate better understanding and relationships between the sectors; an idea we believe could have some legs. We then proposed a more substantial programme of secondments between the sectors and pitched ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... government were good. What’s more they were of the opinion that there was actually a lot of movement between the two sectors. Now, a panel speaking at an event about working in local and central government ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a pretty substantial dose of optimism, rather than a real change across the sector. However, if there has started to be a real shift in the way that local authorities conceptualise and develop policy I ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... for gaining real-life cross-sector experience. For generalist policy experts this can be an effective means of breaking out of the corporate centre and moving into service delivery. ‘Yes Minister; Yes ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... I was able to speak with several private sector campers who will be helping me out over the coming weeks and months, some very interesting public sector colleagues who I will be following in future as ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Executive in my authority organised an opportunity for members of staff to shadow their equivalents in some private sector organisations that provide services to our council. It was an opportunity to understand ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Before Christmas we discussed secondments, internet dating, the possible abolition of the DCLG the Barnett formula, safe spaces for discussion, the Public Sector Transformation Network and sharing the ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Professional bodies could look to create new opportunities to bring their members from across the sectors together. ·         While those bodies which only exist in one sector, could consider extending ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... aware of. Today is one of those days. After our post about co-designing the policy process Robert Pollock, Director of the Public Sector Transformation Network got in touch with us to say the equivalent ...

Central – Local 2a: The LGA lays out its priorities

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to proper funding of services across the board, structural reform or even better understanding of where the needs lie across the public sector the LGA decided to go after Scottish local authorities. An ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... DCLG but this week we are back on programme looking at the cultural elements that impact the people who work in the two sectors. As such, this week we want to discuss secondments. I think it is fair ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... is probably yes but not necessarily for the reasons Hannah mentions. It's not that we, as a sector, have abandoned our sponsor department but rather that we have been both too submissive to Government ...