As we approach UKGovcamp on Saturday, I was wondering about the big "how do we make stuff happen" question. An NLGN survey of 65 councils on innovation found that 90% say they lack the skills needed to implement new ideas successfully, but paradoxically they still expect to generate 50% of the necessary savings through innovation … Continue reading Local capacity for innovation & implementation
I've been wanting to write something about what's been happening for me for a while .. here goes. Early last year the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy came up at Brighton & Hove City Council where I had been working for 6 years. The way it works is that you can put an application … Continue reading Going freelance
It's been good to see the recent flurry of talk about a GDS for local government. I agree with those who have said it's too hard to create a team like the central government one in terms of securing the mandate, buy-in and funding. And I'm very much with the sentiment from Anthony Zach that … Continue reading Get designing and sprinting
The news keeps on coming about continued pressure on local government finances. In the article, "LGA warns councils could face 'financial meltdown'", we see that the Local Government Association suggest an expected "black hole" of around 15% of the required budgets for 2015/16. Sir Merrick Cockell, LGA Chair is quoted, Over the past three years [councils] have … Continue reading Radical Redesign: URGENT
Devices coming out of your ears? I'm sure loads of people think the same. Why have I got a Blackberry *and* and iPhone jangling around in my pockets? Isn't it both inconvenient and a serious waste of money and resources? I'd much prefer it if I could just use my iPhone for work as well … Continue reading Work/Life Device Scheme?
An overdue post on Patchwork.. As we approach the launch of the next phase of Patchwork in Brighton and Hove, I wanted to reflect on how we have reached the more open and creative engagement we are now seeing with teams of professionals across the city. People are starting to really focus on the potential … Continue reading Patchwork, Culture Change and an elephant
Despite a good deal of healthy debate about the government's Troubled Families initiative, councils are now busy identifying families, recruiting new staff and beginning to think about their longer term strategies. Many newly appointed local co-ordinators will be looking for ways to instigate whole system change because they see there is real potential to achieve … Continue reading Troubled Families, Design & Technology