Category Archives: Public administration & policy

Greater Cambridge Assembly meets for the first time…

Summary …but do the people of Cambridge know it even exists, let alone know how to influence it? Here’s a pano-pic I took at the start of the meeting …having made my way via bus from Cambridge to Cambourne, a … Continue reading

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Cambridge – we need to talk about community & concert venues

Summary Some thoughts following a year of going to lots of venues in and around Cambridge Being a self-styled ‘community cameraman’ means I get to go out and about filming in lots of community venues. This year I’ve been to … Continue reading

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A united arts and culture offer for the people of Cambridge

Summary In the face of austerity, the Cambridge Arts Network is bringing together the diverse & somewhat fragmented arts and culture scenes in Cambridge to try and unite us all in the face of a very uncertain future The Cambridge Arts … Continue reading

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Guest Blogpost – Young people grill Cambridge Councillors at South Area Committee

Cambridge City Council’s South Area Committee meeting tonight (8th December) was encouraging in terms of community involvement, writes Chris Rand of Queen Edith’s Online. Having 20-30 members of the public in attendance was good, but the fact that half of … Continue reading

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“The minister will see you now, Puffles”

Summary Equalities minister Jo Swinson MP comes to Cambridge – waking up the city’s resident dragon fairy in the process. This plus some thoughts on how to make community reporting help pay my bills! Told you! She also had this … Continue reading

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Scrutinising the Greater Cambridge City Deal

Summary Making sure the people of Cambridgeshire get the chance to scrutinise the looming changes to local government in our county It was almost by accident I found out about the meeting – via Twitter Despite another bad night’s sleep … Continue reading

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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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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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