This blog was started in 2008 as an action research diary to support my PHD and other research. It still serves that purpose but has also become the place where I ‘think in public’ and try to capture the events, literature and conversations that influence my thinking. I have recently had my viva and am currently doing corrections on my thesis (which means I passed!) and I know that I would not have been able to do so without the discipline and ‘publicness’ of the blogging.
Its also the place where I am trying to balance my dual roles of practitioner and researcher. I think of this as a hybrid existence which brings both aspects of what I do into each other and intermingles them in a positive way. I think practice is stronger for having a rigorous research approach behind it and research is strengthened by access to direct action and experience.
As the CEX of Public-i my interests in terms of practice and research are connected as in both roles I am truing to make sense of the impact of digital and networked technologies on society and specifically on government and democracy. This means I get to combine theory with practice as my day job and actually see how some of these research ideas work in practice. My contact details are on the Public-i site if you want to connect to ‘work me’. You can also find me on twitter as @curiousc
The balance between the work and research works for me – I enjoy being able to try out research ideas and I appreciate being able to apply an academic discipline and objectivity to the work we do with clients.
I am also a governor of the Democratic Society where we look at ways of getting more people involved in new forms of democratic debate – promoting active citizenship and political participation and I was one of the original organisers of CityCamp Brighton. More recently I have become a Governor at PACA - Portslade Aldridge Community Academy.
I also speak at conferences and run workshops – and will usually blog about this here though this blog is mainly a research diary as I try and capture learning and experiences along the way. I imagine you will find some less philosophical commentary as well.
It should be noted that this is my personal blog and should not be taken as the views of Public-i.