Snook are going to Scotweb2

On Friday Snook are going to the Third Annual ScotWeb2 event in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The event is aimed at people of all ages to come and share their experience of collaboration on the internet...that means YOU!

This event is aimed at the following folks:

  • Central government, local government, NHS and other public sector employees
  • School children and their teachers ; students ; those in their middle age and the older generation
  • ICT people ; teachers ; life-long learners ; communications ; marketing ; PR
  • ICT Developers. programmers ; social media ; digital enablers
  • Campaigners from NGO and third sector
  • Public, private and third sector employees
  • Business and social enterprises
  • Academics ; students ; FE and HE

The event showcases enterprising, innovative and entrepreneurial behaviours in the web 2 world:

  • Stewart Kirkpatrick talk about Scotland's first on-line newspaper The Caledonian Mercury,
  • Mike McTernan on mobile devices and the web
  • The City of Edinburgh Council web team on their work with new CMS and Jadu,
  • Nokia on mobile trends
  • Iain Henderson on Vendor Relationship Management and Personal Data Stores from Mydex,
  • Peter Ashe on the NHS user-centred long term conditions project ALISS ( tip top -can't wait for this one ;)

"This time we focus on individuals, organisations, communities, social enterprise, businesses, local and central government, and other public sector agencies working with web 2.0 to grow a sustainable economy and deliver public services and public value to the people of Scotland.In the afternoon we will have more of an Un-conference feel with suggestions and discussions primed by participants"

If all these types of people turn up it is going to be a good one. We will be having conversations about:

  • Social media and how it is used
  • How to set up social media options and advocate for change
  • Engaging with different generations
  • Is social media helping people make connections and feel happier ?

The organiser, Alex Stobart, is keen to involve students and graduates in the event - please get in touch with him and come along. He is brilliant and the event will be too. It makes sense.

Why public sector leaders need a new world view

John Benington on the changes needed for a system overhaul. For me, this phrase speaks volumes "NHS staff working with the police and with local authorities on problem-solving projects..."

"New concepts of "adaptive leadership" to tackle tough problems in the community through collaborative action at the frontline, rather than relying on previous models based on heroic leaders trying to drive change from the top down....

We would also like to see cross-service education, training and work experience built into the programme for fast-stream graduate entrants to public service. That could include NHS staff working with the police and with local authorities on problem-solving projects...

Let's have high-level opportunities for top teams to learn and lead together, with chief constables, NHS and local authority chief executives and senior civil servants able to develop their knowledge of each other's services and skills. We also want a new leadership programme for middle managers, linked to a master's degree, to develop this crucial group of senior managers as a leadership cadre for the whole of the UK's public service...

...and we'd like to see "deep diving" for senior civil servants – so that all members of the civil service will have spent at least three months working at the frontline of a public service before being accepted into the senior civil service."

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Read more about Terry Irwin's insights on world views from the first day of studying Masters of Design: “Our world view is a sketch and a blueprint for reality.”

I am public service

"I am public not only highlights the importance of public service, it provides a vital venue for public servants to share their stories about transforming public service from within - stories that illustrate how the knowledge, ingenuity and skills ofa diverse and talented public service can be harnessed to fundamentally reshape how governments provide homeland security, healthcare, education and countless other public services." Anthony D. Williams (co-author of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything) picture-3

Download the first e-book for "I am Public Service" as PDF here.

Bright ideas for dark times.

picture-51The Guardian team up with IDEO to tell us why now is the time for innovative thinking and innovation. They have also revamped their website. This collaboration is an invaluable source for the first year Design Studies students! The students are writing an article exploring the role of design and critical thinking in repsonse to what is happening in the news (focusing on the Guardian on particular).