Welcome

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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:

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Digital leadership: Building for a smarter state

Digital leadership: Building for a smarter state

I was at the Solace conference recently and one of the topics which came up repeatedly (along with finance and devolution) was “digital”. This post is a combination of my reflections on this and an attempt to move the discussion on a bit. I also think that there is something ...

Systems thinking:  theory of change

Systems thinking: theory of change

I’ve been a methodology geek for a while and I am now moving on from development methods to wider programme and change methodologies – fun for some of us I can assure you.  This post is an anchor for some work I am doing in this area as I am ...

Innovation labs and other animals

Innovation labs and other animals

I have been thinking a lot about innovation labs recently and this post is a collection of some of the examples which are in my mind as I ponder this.  I’d be really grateful if you could add any other examples to the comments – I know I have not ...


Codesign and democratic accountability – some questions

Codesign and democratic accountability – some questions

This post is by way of a warm up for LocalGovCamp – its to help me shape what I want to pitch. There is no guarantee I’ll actually pitch it of course but best to be prepared! Localgovcamp is, for me, a chance to work on ideas which are personal ...

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 ...

 
 

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