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Networking networked councillors

This is another blogpost in place of an email and reflects my observations of the second networked councillor workshop. You can read the first blogpost here. We have now run the workshop in Suffolk and West Sussex and the experience has actually been fairly consistent which is good! The focus of this workshop is around networks, finding them, connecting to them and starting to strategically manage them. Things that...

7 tribes of digital?

This is my half of a conversation that @Sarahlay and I had at @Localgovcamp.  She has written an excellent piece about it here which you should probably read first. Its also the next post in my thinking around networked or digital leadership which you can read about here. Sarah and I were jointly frustrated by the way in which the conversation at the LGComms Academy seemed to be turning the term...

Why email when you can blog about networked councillor?

We’ve been working on the networked councillor programme for a while now and so its really exciting to see the first two groups up and running in Suffolk and West Sussex (two more to follow in Cambridgeshire and Solihull as well). I have said all along that I expect to learn as much from these as the participants will and this post is my first action learning reflection on this. This first module is all about...

Collapsing context

This is by way of a very quick reflection on last week. It was supposed to be one on the latest NHS Citizen design session but the whole week has felt very connected so I think it makes sense to think of it that way rather than trying to keep it silo’s. I’m collapsing my own context [JARGON!! Context collapse: the way in which your different persona's come together online whether you want them to or not...

Be kind to VSMs

I spent last Thursday but one with a group of senior managers at NHS England – including Sir David Nicholson – as part of the NHS Citizen programme which I have written about before. NHS Citizen has been ‘real’ for some months but this was really the organisational launch. I was there with colleagues from Demsoc, Involve and the participation team from NHS England and the workshop was led by...

Democracy in its many forms

This post is as a result of a single line in the suggested corrections for my thesis:  “The candidate should provide a brief overview and/or explanation of what form of democracy is being referred to as there appears to be a conflation of normative forms of democracy”.  It’s a fair cop – while the question of democratic deficit is central to my interest in digital civic space my thesis ended up being...

Adaptive programme management

I have been thinking about how you could best apply agile principles to project management for a while – you can read some of my earlier musing here. This draft programme design has been drawn from my experience in both action research and also agile development – the latter being in a management rather than practitioner capacity but I think still valid here. The objective is to create a project...

NHS Citizen – thank you

This is a quick reflection on the NHSCitizen event this week – its really intended to capture the thoughts which are still circling in my mind and reflect my opinions rather than the team as a whole – hence it appearing here rather than the project blog. I find this quick bullet point format really helpful for making sure that I capture and reflect on something when there is so much going round in my head –...

Networked Individuals and the creation of elites

So – here we have more from the box of dangerous ideas* in the form of a write up of Networked by Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman. Once again this is really just my notes and ideas which have caught my eye rather than a proper review so please look away if this is not your thing! In common with Net Smart by Howard Rheingold the book explores what the network society might mean for the individual and both books are...

Networks of Outrage and Hope

This is the first of a number of posts I plan to write as I prep for my viva*. If you prefer my less academic stuff then look away now! The prep involves re-reading the thesis and noting all the bits I would now like to have done differently (eurgh) as well catching up on the reading that would have been in the literature review if it had been published before I finished writing up. I have been gathering this...

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