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Some of the things I am thinking about

Hello, my name is Catherine Howe (HT @KateGranger for that intro format).  This blog is where I write about projects I am working on, capture my research in progress and generally organise my thinking in public.  It helps me enormously to have a place to do this – I hope you also find it useful.  Its also a place where I bring together ideas that I want to make real in the world – and most of these are looking at how we build the infrastructure of the network society without accidentally designing democracy out of it.

Here are some of the things I am currently working on:

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Can you have a story of place without a corresponding story of person?

Can you have a story of place without a corresponding story of person?

A lot of my thinking about place has been shaped by social geographers like Doreen Massey or more recently by economic thinking about how to drive place based growth. In considering how to build digital civic infrastructure I leaned heavily into the idea of a story of place and the ...

The future of work as a building block of change

The future of work as a building block of change

The political landscape has still not got its act together – and I am too impatient to wait for it to change. As the post-industrial society unravels and something new emerges we need to focus on equipping people to participate in what comes next. Our tools to shape these changes are limited ...

Are we pulling up the drawbridge or helping people walk across?

Are we pulling up the drawbridge or helping people walk across?

The image is of the democracy stack – you can have a read about this here Nothing I have seen in the last week or so has made me any less of the belief that the slow death of the current political party machinery is bringing our democracy down with it. ...


Political parties will not save us unless we save them first

Political parties will not save us unless we save them first

I voted remain for two reasons; one is that I believe that we are better off as part of a bigger more connected Europe, two I cannot abide and will not stand for the racist and bigoted tone that parts of the leave campaign reached. Clearly not everyone agrees with ...

Collaboration:  Do you need to slow it down and do it right?

Collaboration: Do you need to slow it down and do it right?

This is an action research post and very much me thinking in public. As I write this it occurs to me that I am perhaps less of an innovator and more of an experimenter – at the moment I am experimenting with ways to get things done. I’ve been thinking ...

Network leadership and other animals…

Network leadership and other animals…

We should all be rethinking our leadership skills to make sure that they work in the 21st Century. The network society needs networked leaders – but this risks being rather a trite statement unless I try and unpack it a bit. I have been thinking about the nature of networked ...


Putting down roots

Putting down roots

I moved jobs last May because I was ready for a new challenge and I wanted to focus on understanding how to better effect system change – this blog is largely about the kinds of changes I want to see in the world but I am also starting to reflect ...

Can we design services for a more participative society?

Can we design services for a more participative society?

What if we defined the purpose of digital public services as being to build a more participative relationship with the public? If we are seeing the emergence of the network society then don’t we have to? One of the reasons I believe that you can’t design an effective digital strategy without thinking ...

Social Media is the new black

Social Media is the new black

When it comes to leadership I believe in zero tolerance for digital ignorance.  The more I work with senior teams and around digital transformation projects the more strongly I believe that leaders need to make sure that they have relevant and robust skills around technology because without these they are ...


Networks as a driver of system change?

Networks as a driver of system change?

These are my notes on the session I pitched at UKGC16 on the relationship between networks and system change. I tend to use these sessions to work on problems which I am currently thinking about and at the moment I am spending a lot of time thinking about how to ...

 
 

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