Monthly Archives: February 2012

Local council buildings as civil spaces

Summary Do modern council buildings reflect the castration of modern local government when compared to their Victorian foreparents? Some thoughts on a key pillar of Tristram Hunt’s book Building Jerusalem: The rise and fall of the Victorian City I took … Continue reading

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Accountability, creativity & going alone

Summary Rambling thoughts on moving from accountability within a hierarchy to the free world This is something that I’ve been pondering more and more as I reflect on my time in the civil service with the benefit of lots of … Continue reading

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It’s good to talk – and even better to listen

Summary Can People and Planet and The National Community Activists Network link up? I hope so. Click for People & Planet’s Facebook Page Click for National Community Activists Network Facebook Page After three very heavy mainstream politics-related posts that picked … Continue reading

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The politicisation of the civil service

Summary Why this is an issue – on the back of some … ‘controversial’ tweets from @DWPPressOffice Until the age of about 20, I had no idea the civil service existed. While I followed politics more closely than most people, … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating, Party politics, Public administration & policy, Social media | 6 Comments

NHS risk register and freedom of information

Summary Should the government release the risk register on the NHS Bill? Declaration of interest: I am opposed to this Bill – see my first post on the Bill. I’m not going to use this post to kick Lansley over … Continue reading

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Social media guidance for public servants

Summary  What should new Cabinet Office guidance on social media contain? What challenges does it need to address?  Just under a year ago while I was still in the civil service, I started making representations to the great and the … Continue reading

Posted in Public administration & policy, Social media | 21 Comments

Preparing to deliver my first paid commission

Summary Ponderings and preparations for four social media workshops I will be delivering.  I’ve built up a sizeable book collection over the years. I can’t pretend that I’ll get to read through all of them in detail. Too many of … Continue reading

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Will spam kill Twitter?

Summary Why does Twitter seem to be unable to deal with Spam? In Puffles’ early days of Twitter, I estimate that around four in five new followers was a form of spambot. It takes a huge amount of patience and … Continue reading

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Puffles’ Twitter Lists – Transparency, Open Data & all things digital

Some of you may have seen my attempt at a spoof article and blogpost on Freedom of Information. This group are worth following for all things transparency, open data and digital things. The first is an official one – UKTransparency … Continue reading

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“Politicians push for new Freedom from Information Act”

Summary – a spoof article followed by a defence of Freedom of Information NEWZ-SPOOF: In a new development from Westminster, senior figures within the Whitehall jungle have come out in support of a proposed new “Freedom from Information Act.” Its … Continue reading

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