What I’ve been reading

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. Towards Effective Corporate Communications: Let Your Engineers do the Talking – For engineers, replace with any front line public sector worker! John Naughton on The Waste Land app – Great example of cloud culture, or how digital technologies can enhance cultural experiences. Councils need a […]


Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian: The biggest complaint, in both my Twitter sample and the expert essays, was about the quality of thinking in the online era. What the internet has done, say the dissenters, is damage our ability to concentrate for sustained periods. Being connected meant being constantly tempted to look away, to hop […]

Bookmarks for January 27th through February 19th

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. Big Society – if the price is right – Interesting views on Big Society from a blogging councillor within my local district. The impact of IT decisions on organizational culture – O’Reilly Radar – "It's said that with great power comes great responsibility. Among business […]

The networked public servant

** Update – if you want to know how to network well, Mary has a great guide ** One of the most popular books about the social media powered digital revolution is Groundswell, by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff. Published in 2008, it took a private sector view of the benefits of listening to customers […]

Building an innovation culture

One of the best blogs I read regularly on innovation is 100% Open. The latest post there is a pretty interesting one on building an innovation culture. The tips are: Focus on fostering a viral innovation culture one person/team at a time Build innovation habits Institutionalise what innovation looks like Give mavericks & their networks […]

Scheming Virtuously: A Handbook for Public Servants

I love stuff like this. Nick Charney works in government in Canada, and is also a prolific and excellent blogger. He’s also pretty active on GovLoop, which is where I first came across him I think. Anyway, follow his stuff. Nick has just published an ebook called Scheming Virtuously: A Handbook for Public Servants which […]

Bookmarks for August 18th through September 8th

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. Civic Commons code-sharing initiative bids to reduce government IT costs – "Around the United States, city governments have created a multitude of software. Unfortunately, most of the time the code from those projects is not shared between municipalities, which results in duplication of effort and […]

Bookmarks for July 17th through July 23rd

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. Rewired State – hack UK online – "A one-day hack providing expert advice and prototyping for UK online centres, providing technical options for improving searching on the UK online centres website for a local centre, leading to an improved and more effective experience for the […]

Bookmarks for June 17th through July 3rd

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. Digging digital government: recent major works and what they mean – "But now, and for the first time, it’s starting to feel like we can retire some of those old soapboxes and get out our toolboxes instead." Newsroom: the backstory – "Early feedback on the […]