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“Cambridge: Full of smart people stuck in stupid traffic!”

Summary The above-quotation is from Andy Clark. Having spotted Cambridge’s ‘wicked problems’, how do we go about solving them? An inspiring evening expertly facilitated by Bill Thompson gave us many insights. The agency Collusion hosted this event for the Cambridge … Continue reading

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Widening and yet consolidating the debate on the future of Cambridge

Summary There’s lots of stuff going on about the future of Cambridge, but how do we connect them all together, avoid duplication and ensure we get as many people involved as possible? Lots of us took part in the event: … Continue reading

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Breaking the silos

Summary Some thoughts on breaking public sector silos  This blogpost bounces off one speech and one article. The first speech is by the highly-regarded (by me at least!) executive director of the Government Digital Service, Mike Bracken. (See a transcript … Continue reading

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By-election in Queen Ediths ward, Cambridge – reporting but not standing

Summary Why I’m hoping to play a somewhat different role in this local political contest A number of people from across my neighbourhood invited me to stand as an independent in the looming by-election. Other than not being in the … Continue reading

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What’s your vision for Cambridgeshire? Because the county council are starting the debate

Summary A somewhat fortuitous merging of a pre-submitted oral question from myself on Be the change – Cambridge with a debate on the future structure of public services in the county A video of most of the debate is here. … Continue reading

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On mental health – again

Summary On finding out that you’re not alone, and a big moan about politics too We’re losing too many good people because of our society’s failure to help people facing mental health challenges. There seems to be a pattern here … Continue reading

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Don’t expect Carswell to be a Kilroy

Summary There’s a lot more to the by-election results than a kipper landslide I stayed up to watch the results. The coverage and commentary on TV is an item of comment in itself aside from the results. The results are … Continue reading

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Using video to make local politics and democracy more accessible

Summary Some thoughts on using digital video/filming events to bring politicians closer to the people Over the past few weeks I’ve filmed a number of talks, speeches presentations and events. This is all part of what I can only describe … Continue reading

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Coleridge shines on its open day – breaking a generation of negative stereotypes

Summary On how one of our local secondary schools is demonstrating what investment and leadership can achieve – for this was an open evening that busted a number of negative local stereotypes The signs across a number of houses in … Continue reading

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By-election in my neighbourhood – Should Puffles stand?

Summary Sue Birtles, until recently the Labour Councillor for Queen Edith’s ward has stood down to concentrate on fighting the South Cambridgeshire seat for the 2015 general election. So…should Puffles stand? Should I stand in my own name? Should refrain from … Continue reading

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