The Comm/unity Question

Posted on December 17th, 2010 by admin

This post has been  a long time coming, but that’s probably a good thing.  Way back in the summer, we had an interesting debate at work which spilled out onto Twitter with some great results.  It was called “The Comms Question” and was looking at the issues related to communicating via social media. Here’s some examples of the [...]

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When I wrote this post, it was as is shown below the dashes below. However, the first comment here was from LouLouK at Blackburn & Darwen Council, just up the road from me, who pointed out that some councils have got it right. I need to be clear that a lot of good work is [...]

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Asking the right questions

Posted on November 21st, 2010 by admin

It’s been a while.  Partly, because I’ve been busy with work, the Worth Valley Social Media Circle and I’ve been contributing to various debates on LinkedIn. Recently, I took part in a debate on LinkedIn about public consultation.  The original question was around what one could do with the “I don’t know brigade”, the people [...]

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Better Read Than Dead – 5 Ways of promoting your blog

Posted on August 27th, 2010 by admin

This post is somewhat of a first for me.  While I work with Scott on a daily basis and we sit at opposite desks, we’ve never put our heads together to write a blog post before.  However, recently our office banter has touched on the subject of blogs (well, only some of it has, let’s [...]

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This is not a political blog. As I’ve said in previous posts, I work hard to ensure that this commentary is a-political. I know a lot of other public sector bloggers, particularly those still in direct local government or central government employment, also steer clear of the “P” word. Maybe that’s why, despite columnists, broadcasters [...]

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KEDDXSYFUXVE Today I was talking to several friends who have been, or are, involved in BSF (Building Schools for the Future) programme.  For anyone who’s missed the news the last few days, this was the former Labour Government’s plan to re-build every secondary school in the country, which has been put on hold and looks [...]

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I was very privileged this weekend to be part of the team organising LocalGovCamp Yorkshire & Humber.  I’m not in a hurry to claim too much credit.  A simple idea over twitter and a few drinks, a list of venues a friend sourced for me and a few emails was pretty much my input, with [...]

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Playing it safe: A link between e-safety and apathy

Posted on June 8th, 2010 by admin

In education, e-safety is a key topic.  Well, let’s be fair, it’s a fairly key topic anyway, however recent changes to OFSTED’s Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills from September 2009 makes it quite clear that, in education, internet safety is of primary importance and that all learners should be aware of [...]

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Squaring up to social media changes

Posted on May 25th, 2010 by admin

I don’t like farmville. There, I’ve said it now, I’ve got that off my chest. For those who don’t know, farmville is a Facebook based game with over 80million subscribers worldwide where people create a virtual farm and trade with their “neighbours” (other Facebook friends) to build better farms. Part of my dislike for this [...]

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Wright and Wrong of Twitter

Posted on February 16th, 2010 by admin

I’ve tried very hard to keep this blog a-political and this post is no exception.  However, as a former constituent of David Wright MP and a strong advocate of political use of social media, I felt it was important I put out a blog regarding the news story about the “Scum sucking pigs” comment that [...]

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