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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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Putting down roots

Putting down roots

I moved jobs last May because I was ready for a new challenge and I wanted to focus on understanding how to better effect system change – this blog is largely about the kinds of changes I want to see in the world but I am also starting to reflect ...

Can we design services for a more participative society?

Can we design services for a more participative society?

What if we defined the purpose of digital public services as being to build a more participative relationship with the public? If we are seeing the emergence of the network society then don’t we have to? One of the reasons I believe that you can’t design an effective digital strategy without thinking ...

Social Media is the new black

Social Media is the new black

When it comes to leadership I believe in zero tolerance for digital ignorance.  The more I work with senior teams and around digital transformation projects the more strongly I believe that leaders need to make sure that they have relevant and robust skills around technology because without these they are ...


Networks as a driver of system change?

Networks as a driver of system change?

These are my notes on the session I pitched at UKGC16 on the relationship between networks and system change. I tend to use these sessions to work on problems which I am currently thinking about and at the moment I am spending a lot of time thinking about how to ...

Thank you UKGC16

Thank you UKGC16

This is a quick post after UKGC16. As Glyn said this is an attempt to do a quick capture of impressions and I intend to build on a couple of the themes I am noting here. Slight delay in posting as I disappeared off on holiday a couple of days ...

10 points for UKHC15

10 points for UKHC15

So – here we have a quick 10 point post from UKHealthcamp on Saturday…as ever a HT @danslee for the format! New unconferences have a flavour and tone of their own as a new community starts to form – I can’t wait to see where this one goes The work ...


Is your library card your civic passport?

Is your library card your civic passport?

If libraries are some of the best examples of civic space which we have then is your library card a potential route to democratic participation? I spent last Saturday with the Association of Senior Childrens and Educational librarians at their annual conference. I was speaking about libraries as digital civic ...

Digital identity and building a democratic infrastructure online

Digital identity and building a democratic infrastructure online

I have a long running sofa argument with my husband about the fact that he believes that at some point soon the googleplex (the Howe domestic shortcode for machine based decision making in the cloud) will take over the business of government and that messy old democracy will fall by ...

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 ...

 
 

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