Category Archives: Data, science and statistics

The chemists follow the historians meeting Puffles

Summary A talk about sustainability by Cambridge Chemist Dr John Emsley – with some challenges for scientists on how to engage with local democracy & the need to learn about politics if they want to make a bigger impact I … Continue reading

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Thinking about science at #ThinkCon Cambridge

Summary When Suzi Gage came to town – and Dr Rupert Read of The Green Party coming back again The MusicNet East conference left me emotionally exhausted but with a buzzing head – meaning that without medication I’d have not … Continue reading

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Teaching science to communities

Summary A specific challenge to Cambridge’s science communities  This blogpost stems from the tweet below: Gd question – anyone? RT @Puffles2010: "What options in Cambridge for adults to learn about science at evening classes, but without exams?"— Cambridge AWiSE (@camawise) … Continue reading

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Puffles looks at trains again

Summary Musings on maps – of the railway kind. And following the wanderings of my mind. This blogpost started off from reading an article about Blackpool – see it here. There’s one thing that troubles me not just about Blackpool … Continue reading

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Young coders teach Cabinet Office a thing or two

Summary In praise of Cabinet Office’s Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton and his team for breaking down the doors of the civil service – but will the big policy departments learn from their example? No, he’s not paid me to write … Continue reading

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The Government Digital Service’s “Digital Inclusion Team”

Summary Steering a thus far successful Government Digital Service away from the elephant traps in all things digital inclusion Apologies for two blogposts in quick succession. I was tipped off on this one by Charlotte Jee on something that had sort … Continue reading

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The ethics of genes, and all that data too

Summary Some thoughts from a couple of talks I’ve been at over the past few days. The first on genomics, and the second on using data in local government. Regular readers of this blog will know that Puffles and I … Continue reading

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‘A person is intelligent, but people are stupid’

Summary Why a misinformed public is a risk to democracy, and a public policy issue Some of you may have seen the report by Ipsos Mori and Kings College London. (Click here if you haven’t – their top ten is … Continue reading

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Social Media Knowledge Exchange at Cambridge University

Summary Some thoughts from a gathering of academics familiar with the tools of social media I applied for, and was granted a place for what was a very intense 2-day long event hosted by the Centre for Research in Arts … Continue reading

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Are there some moral lines that outsourcing of public services should not cross?

Summary Should all public services and state functions be open for outsourcing or are there some lines that should not be crossed? The difference with this blogpost compared to others I’ve covered in public policy is that it looks at … Continue reading

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