Learning From Better Connected Live 2016

By Jos Creese, Socitm Associate Director and independent consultant

In the week that our Brexit-bound path became official, I felt it altogether more positive to look back to a milestone that highlights how far digital local government has come and the exciting possibilities ahead: the first Better Connected Live event.

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Learning From Better Connected Live 2016

Different perspectives on familiar problems

By Martin Ferguson, Socitm Director of Policy & Research

As Brexit debate intensifies towards the 23 June referendum, I thought I’d look to Europe, and our Swedish partner association KommITS. It recently held its 20th anniversary conference and I was delighted to join it, discovering different perspectives on familiar problems.

Taking place in the resurgent city of Malmö, Sweden, the conference saw more than 300 KommITS members, some 30 vendor partners, and an international delegation from Sweden, USA, Canada, UK, Holland and Belgium meet to gain new knowledge, discuss collaborative opportunities, forge relationships, and reflect on policy and practice back in our respective home countries.

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Different perspectives on familiar problems

Take control – how the public sector can embrace change and thrive

By Alex Anderton, Public Sector Expert, Dropbox

The cloud is here; and there’s a very good chance workers inside your local authority have already adopted it.

Dropbox usage across the UK government has doubled since 2014. And if we dig a little deeper into our data we see one in three local authorities have employees using Dropbox inside the workplace right now.

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Take control – how the public sector can embrace change and thrive

On Collaboration

Reposted with permission from Rob Miller : http://bytherye.com/

I thought that this article from the Economist on collaboration that a colleague pointed out to me last week was an interesting read. It warns that in this age of Slack, chat rooms and instant messaging we are at risk of ‘over-collaborating’.

I can see the sense in this argument, and I definitely recognise how precious focused time has become, and also the challenge that both individuals and delivery teams face in preventing continuous interruptions from affecting their work. It made me think a bit more about what ‘collaboration’ means to me and the role I think it should have in how we get work done. Continue reading “On Collaboration”

On Collaboration