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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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Digital mindset:  A whistlestop tour

Digital mindset: A whistlestop tour

This post is a companion to the 8 tribes of digital piece I wrote earlier in the year. It describes the qualities which I use to define the digital mindset. I am putting to one side my ambivalence about the word ‘digital’ and will come back to that another day. ...

Emergent ideas:  Its a frame-changer

Emergent ideas:  Its a frame-changer

Sociologists use the term framing to describe the way in which your prior experiences – cultural and personal – give context to way in which you approach a problem or issue.  Its a central aspect of how the public sphere operates and critical to our decision making process – both ...

You can’t create a good answer without a good question

You can’t create a good answer without a good question

Good questions get to the essence of the problem you are exploring, provide a way of understanding what is happening now and give us the tools we need to measure whether or not we are making progress in developing an answer. Good questions help people convene around problems and when ...


Designing for democracy

Designing for democracy

I was talking the other day about potential visions for future public services. I was asked what mine was and I didn’t give one. Instead I talked about culture and method and behaviours because  how we go about shaping the future is critical, how we work will determine what is ...

8 tribes of digital and the rise of the robot army.

8 tribes of digital and the rise of the robot army.

I developed the 7 tribes of digital model a couple of years ago – it was a response to my frustration about the number of conversations I was having about ‘digital’ which had people talking with different definitions and as a result very different framings of what digital can mean ...

Reading list – part greatest hits and some newer entries

Reading list – part greatest hits and some newer entries

This is a post for the the fabulous Cassie Robinson who asked me for this a few weeks ago. Its also timely – I’m just about to start running some action learning sets on some of these questions and its a good time to refresh the reading list. So here ...


Rowers, pirates and rocket ships:  How do you respond to disruption?

Rowers, pirates and rocket ships: How do you respond to disruption?

We’re all travelling across an uncertain ocean between the industrial and network society – and different strategies are in play. If you look at how commercial organisations respond to disruptive change from new technologies there are a number of identifiable approaches. I call them row harder, go pirate or build ...

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. ...

 
 

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