Speak up, minister listening.

Tom Watson, blogging MP extraordinaire, was promoted in the Peter Hain aftermath to be a junior minister in the Cabinet Office. According to his blog he has some responsibility for technology projects, which is a good thing because Tom is certainly interested in technology, and he wants to hear from Read more…

OpenSkies – a high profile project blog

When we start a new project we also start a blog.  I’m a Scientist has started. Cllr2.0 has been going a little longer.  It is good practice.  It helps us market the project, it helps us communicate with a wider group of stakeholders and it helps us define what we Read more…

Quick, Easy and Fun – BarCampUKGovweb

That’s a fair description of BarCampUKGovweb (although I guess the easy doesn’t apply if you organised – hats off to Jeremy, Emma and co.).

My way of describing BarCamp is that it is a conference without the interminable self-promoting presentations.  It is self-organising to the extent that the agenda can and does change right the way through the day and more time is spent discussing and networking than listening to people tell you things you could have read if they’d been bothered to share it online.

More information about BarCampUKGovweb is on PageFlakes.

I want to use this post to make a few comments about the day and to move the conversation forward.  This is needed because the one frustration I felt about the day was that everytime the discussion was coming round to solutions and actions someone would pop their head around the door and say


I agree, clowns ARE scary

Some children’s hospital wards are decorated with ‘fun’ images of clowns. This is supposed to cheer up the patients and help healing, etc. Then someone thought of actually asking the young people what they thought. It turns out that they thought clowns were sinister and odd. And really, who doesn’t? Read more…

Why Web2.0 works – Google Alerts

Jeff Littlejohn uses Google Alerts for his work [and quite possibly on his own name too – hope all is well in Bellingham, WA].  Jeff is interested in Community Development and emailed us the day after the YouCanDo Guides website went live asking a question.  He has a Google Alert Read more…

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