Five for Friday – 11 April 2014

linksFive for Friday is WorkSmart’s weekly roundup of interesting stuff from the week’s reading.

  1. Dancing Giants: How Cisco Innovates
  2. How to write an internal communication strategy
  3. How To Convince Your Boss To Try New Things
  4. Tips for starting a podcast
  5. The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain
Did you know that WorkSmart has a Pinterest board where loads of cool stuff is shared?

We also now have a LinkyDink group which will automatically email you links to read everyday!

Co-creating an open declaration on public services 2.0

An email from my friend Paul Johnston – he’s a Cisco public sector specialist and is behind the rather neat Connected Republic site – alerts me to EUPS 2.0 initiative. Here’s how it is explained:

Every two years, EU Ministers gather to agree on a Ministerial Declaration on e-government, which is the main European strategic document. This is usually accompanied by an Industry declaration.

We feel the urge to add an open declaration, collaboratively built and endorsed by EU citizens who share the view that the web is transforming our society and our governments. We feel e-government policies in Europe could learn from the open, meritocratic, transparent and user-driven culture of the web. We also feel that current web citizens should engage more positively with government to help designing a strategy which is genuinely difficult to adopt in the traditional culture of public administration.

We trust that if we manage to deliver quality of insight and quantity of endorsement, we will present this declaration officially at the EU ministerial conference on e-government, in Malmo on November 2009.

The open declaration is being collaboratively edited using the MixedInk tool, which to my shame I am yet to have a proper play with.

Check out the blog, and the Google Group too. I’ll be keeping my eye on this, a potentially really interesting initiative.

the interruption

the interruption
I’ve started a podcast!

the interruption is going to be a weekly chat between me and someone doing something exciting in social media and web 2.0 in the UK. The first episode is a discussion with Paul Johnston of Cisco, who is behind a new web community called The Connected Republic.

Paul talks about the aims and objectives of the community, the technology behind it, how people are engaging with the platform and what some of the lessons he has learned are.

I am a real learner when it comes to this stuff, and am still finding my way around Garageband, the software that came on my Macbook which I am using to produce the podcast. So things might be a bit ropey to begin with, but am sure I will be into the swing of things soon.

Please visit the site and listen to the podcast, and subscribe to the RSS feed.

Also, if you’d like to be involved in an interruption chat, just get in touch.