Welcome

Wordle based on work to date

Wordle based on work to date

Hello, my name is Catherine Howe (with full credit to the amazing @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.

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

Latest posts
Open data in a democratic context

Open data in a democratic context

This post is the second half of my thoughts from the MadwData event in Sheffield recently (first half here where I talk about system change) in which I actually talk about open data! The point I am trying to make is that open data can never be seen as an ...

The Democracy Stack

The Democracy Stack

This post is really just a sketch of something I have been calling the democracy stack. The idea behind the democracy stack is a believe that representative democracy needs to be seen as just one part of a democratic system and that participatory and deliberative ‘layers’ are also needed.  The ...

System change – not just the speech about the future

System change – not just the speech about the future

I have had a really interesting couple of days the week before last at Labworks and then at the MADwData event in Sheffield – both excellent in different ways. I meant to blog last weekend but Life intervened in a very pleasant way so here is my belated contribution. But firstly ...


Spaces of possibility

Spaces of possibility

A couple of weeks ago I was at the Society of Chief Librarians annual conference and I spoke about digital leadership and the need to create digital civic space. It was an excellent conference with a really interesting group of people and the session has stayed with me so I wanted ...

#PDDigital15

#PDDigital15

I wanted to do a quick capture of my thoughts about #PDDigital15 on Thursday – it was such a brilliant event I wanted to reflect on what made it so good. Here are some thoughts: Collaborative leadership: The event wouldn’t have happened without the amazing Victoria Betton but she is very clear ...

Digital civic space – where next?

Digital civic space – where next?

Image:  Highline park in New York I am spending the day (and probably the week) wrestling with edits on the NHS Citizen technology paper. I will write up a summary of the feedback for the NHS Citizen website but the combination of this as well as a number of related ...


NHS Citizen design – agile but structured

NHS Citizen design – agile but structured

I wanted to capture my first reflection from the final NHS Citizen design workshop last week. I say final – the intention is that the shape and nature of NHS Citizen will continue to evolve but this is the last workshop that we will have before we reach a point ...

#UKGC15 reflections

#UKGC15 reflections

This is my quick capture of initial thoughts and impressions – I have been writing it over the course of the week.  I will be writing up my session on the golden thread of democracy properly though this may not happen until next weekend. The header picture is from the ...

Politics or democracy?

Politics or democracy?

Image:  My dog is sad because of the state of political culture. Happy new year everyone!  This is by way of a new years resolution post…. Given the fact the election campaigns all seem to have kicked off I thought it would be a good moment to capture some thoughts ...


Active listening:  Don’t be creepy

Active listening: Don’t be creepy

What do I mean when I say active listening?  I have been using this phrase a lot recently and it has also crept into use within NHS Citizen without being properly grounded with a definition as to how I am using it.  This is an attempt to do provide one. ...

 
 

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