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Stand up for Cathy

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:40 PM 1,734 views

Every now and again I watch Cathy Come Home. I did so once more after attending a ‘Stand Up for Shelter’ fundraiser during the week starring the stunningly funny Eddie Izzard. Next year it will be 50 years since this ‘Wednesday Play’…

The worst is yet to come

We Love Local Government / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,847 views

Over the last few years I think I have become partially immune to stories about the cuts that local authorities are still required to make. In part this is because the cuts have been such a part of our life…

How to innovate in local government

Freedom From Command And Control / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,854 views

1. Copy The best innovations have been done. Copy practice from another region or country but not from your own organisation. Innovation always looks better from a distance. It looks particularly good in a PDF. Innovation can be emailed over…

Digital democracy – beyond the ballot box

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,783 views

Summary A challenge for Cambridge – and perhaps where you live as well. With local civic society structures broken, its systems obsolete and its content though important, discussed in a very frustrating manner, something must be done. But what, and…

On the road, learning about councillors

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 6,507 views

Last week, I spent most of it on the road listening to Councillors from around the country discussing the Networked Councillor report and findings. Councillors joined the discussion from rural and urban areas, from all parties and some like me…

U.N.I.T.Y 'who you callin' a bitch?'

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 5,527 views

So, here are my thoughts on being a woman entering local politics and how I want to be treated, and how I want to behave…mostly. It’s also peppered with my thoughts on how women get treated who want to, whisper,…

Troubled thinking

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,831 views

Well, the ridiculous examples of bad performance measurement keep flooding in. I’ve lost count of whether we should be on Episode 5 or 6 by this point, so I’ll just stick to new titles from now on. This time, I’m…