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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:

Latest posts

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 ...

Perpetually social council

I feel very conscious that I have been writing a lot about NHS Citizen and not much about other projects like Social Council. One of my personal peeves is the way people are often announcing new things but making less fuss about the work in progress or even the outcomes ...

Digital civic space – the diagram

Digital civic space – the diagram

This post was inspired by Andrea Siodmok, Anthony Zach and my friend Meriel – each of whom in their own way pushed me over the edge (in a good way) to actually submit the corrections to my thesis rather than hoarding them gollam-like and simply muttering “my precious my precious” ...


NHSCitizen on tour at expo14NHS

This blog post is going to be a quick one – I promise! I’m writing it on the train on the way back from #expo14NHS – a two day exhibition and conference about innovation and change in the NHS. It was the perfect place to launch NHS Citizen! You can ...

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 ...

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 ...


Birmingham maptastic

This is a slightly belated write up from the NHS Citizen event in Birmingham (details here) and is just intended to capture my reflections on the mapping exercise. Sometimes its good to let these things sit for a bit and so here are my observations: We can’t map everything. Both ...

Mapping the NHS: Prototype questionnaire

So, this post is a run through of what we plan to do to test the mapping process which evolved from the mapping event I blogged about here. We are going to test a paper based process with the intention of turning this into an online data collection tool. We ...

Proto-Mapping NHS Citizen

This is my write up from the mapping session we held in Leeds in December. This is the first post in a new research project but it connects to  earlier work on the networks of networks concept and also the creation of digital civic space. Its part of the NHS Citizen project ...


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 ...

 
 

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