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Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... find an appropriate image, upload it all to the internet, then realise it was a poor article with a weak argument to begin with so go back to square one. Of course, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of my neck. None of these are visible when I’ve got a shirt on, which was a very deliberate choice I made when these were all done several years ago. I didn’t work in local government at the time, nor ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... at the party.     The majority of people (myself included) don’t think about social care until they need it for themselves or a loved one. You may need a hospital at any point in time but the idea ...

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

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  Details of the financial history, qualifications and property wealth of millions of Britons could be shared across Whitehall for the first time without their consent, the Telegraph can disclose.   ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

I’ve recently been spending some time attempting to do my own bit of good for a colleague’s soul by introducing to them the beauties of one of mankind's greatest inventions; cricket. The sound of bat on ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... by a prime time Panorama investigation into goings on in the London Borough and allegations that the Mayor (then and current) has pressured officers to allocate funds to organisations which under a fair ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... that a good, innovative idea can truly be tested, and the staff involved build up the required skill set and mental attitude to enact it. Sometimes it may be a case of living up to the adage that timing ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... words to the contrary from all governments doesn’t seem destined to happen any time soon (although we are more optimistic than ever). Perhaps the same country that can tolerate, and indeed expects, the ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... demanded a changed relationship between local and central government. The atmosphere (which we discussed on a special edition of our podcast) was bullish and proud: local government for the first time ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... into work then this is arguably a pro-poor position even without the service imperative. Hannah’s suggestion was that Hackney spent too much time on the economic stuff and was losing focus on the services ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... take a look at some of the brilliant blog posts that have already been coming up as a result of so many fantastic people coming together in the same place at the same time. I’m really heartened by the ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... care really is a woman's world With (good?) reason nearly everything in the world of baby-care is dominated by women. I think I knew this when I took my time off but the extent of it did surprise me ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up with new, and thus risky, ideas. Equally, the work is so all consuming that the time to come up with those ideas is reduced to an absolute minimum and councils are so individual that they rarely ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... numbers; how many people hit the site and is this more or less than this time last year. No thought is given as to why they visited, and the only tracking of satisfaction is the few people who click on ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in the middle of the pack. Perhaps this is their time to shine? Mayor Lutfur Rahman: Portugal A one man team where that one man receives an absurd amount of attention. Sir Merrick Cockell: Russia ...

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 ...

Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of the delegates ·         Try to just record sound to make into a podcast ·         Spend our time at the seminars focusing on the discussions held there Obviously, these are not mutually exclusive ...