Deja Vu All Over Again

I am personally inspired by the folk who are driving forward the LG “”Digital”” agenda in multiple ways, through events, blogs, tireless work and at significant personal cost in terms of time, and, um … cost. From several local gov camps and similar, and much tweetage there seem to be a whole set of recurring…

What became of the broken hearted?

There was a really good session at the Public Sector Launchpad (#pslaunchpad) last night (5th November 2013) and this blog is about one tiny offshoot of one of the conversations. The conversation was about resistance to change in organisations.  A young and enthusiastic local government worker was discussing the difficulties of getting a long-term workforce to…

What sort of “no chief executive” are you?

This article was first published in LGC The growing diversity of local authorities in their local situations makes it very difficult to generalize about local government.  Some are tempted to say that “all councils should always have a chief executive come what may”.  This is quite interesting – clearly there are a number of local…

Recruiting for Commercialism

This article, which appeared under the name of myself and Veredus colleague Evelyn Dougherty, was first published in the MJ As we travel around the country visiting a diverse range of local authorities it is clear that “commercialism” is on the rise.  We are often asked about the practicalities and pitfalls of recruiting people with…

The CIO at the Top Table?

(originally published as a Veredus blog here ) In an article this week on Government Computing I drew out some points that had emerged at the Socitm Conference in 2012 with conclusions for 2013.  In particular I mentioned that: “The role of the IT profession within local authorities’ wider change agenda got some attention. Many of the people…

Four Futures of Local Government

My Guardian Professional, Local Government Network, piece about Four Futures for Local Government is here, and the more detailed paper can be downloaded from here.

#Socitm2012

This blog first appeared here and here. This was my first Socitm conference but far from being my first conference of the year, and as I encountered the Socitm crowd for the first time it was interesting to spot the similarities and differences with other events, summits and conferences I’ve been to recently.  Anything I…

Building a Platform for Evidence Use in Local Government

This blog was originally published on Demsoc’s Open Policy Blog. I attended the “Informed Future” workstream at the 2012 Solace Summit, and whilst I won’t try to give a blow-by-blow account I want to share here some of the key things which emerged, for me.  There is a lot of hard work at many levels required before Local Government…

Reflections on the Solace Summit 2012

This is a slightly modified version of the blog originally published at localgovernmentmatters. As with last year’s summit a formal communiqué will be issued so I will take some space here to talk about the mood of the meeting and offer a personal perspective, rather than trying to be comprehensive. The bulk of the work…

Themes from the LGC Summit

I attended last week’s LGC Summit, held in Marlow, with many senior local authority folk, a few sponsors, and an impressive speaker list.  So what did we learn? As ever from these events the learnings are a mixture of points of detail and some broad themes – I’m going to try to capture the wider…