What is Big Society?

A friend and colleague of mine, @gilest, tweeted about a report in our local paper about Wiltshire Council reviewing leisure facilities and the “imminent” closure of the Bradford on Avon swimming pool. Our brand new MP, @duncanhames picked up on the “terrible news”, but pointed out it has been planned Read more…

BBM – Blackberry Messenger

I finally got along to BathCamp last night. I must admit I was expecting a fairly low key event, but as row after row of seats were filled, and as the distance people had travelled increased from Bradford on Avon to Exeter and Eastleigh, I realised that Mike Ellis and co. Read more…

Engagement that gets participants REALLY excited

Today we are excited to announce the winners of the Healthcare Engagement Strategy Awards 2010. “Parature is extremely excited to announce this Parature for Facebook application,” stated Parature CEO, Tim Davenport. “Today I am very excited to announce yet another step along our data portability journey.” Don’t get me wrong. Read more…

No, let’s NOT sack all the science writers

Update: Dr Goldacre has taken exception to this interpretation of his remarks in the I, Science interview. We would like to make absolutely clear that Dr Goldacre does not advocate the sacking of all science writers. However, I genuinely did read his remarks to mean that he believed we should Read more…

Thoughts on THAT Pope memo – authenticity in politics

Several years ago I spoke at a conference where Stephen Coleman gave the keynote speech. My presentation (on I'm a Councillor) included what I thought was a very graceful compliment to his paper A Tale of Two Houses, on Big Brother and politics. Unfortunately Professor Coleman felt somebody else's session Read more…

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