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Wednesday, 24th October 2018

Woah! Feels like a loooong time since I last wrote. Life's been fairly intense lately and something had to give - on this occasion it had to be the newsletter. Still, it meant I had loads of great stuff to choose from to share with you today. No article this week, but will get back onto doing those again soon.

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  • MHCLG have published details of all the bids for the digital collaboration fund that the received from local councils. There are a lot, and the quality is variable, I think it is fair to say. Still, props for the open publishing - so often these things are a black box. Link.
  • Postshift on different stages of digital transformation - they have three: optimisation, transformation and innovation (these map fairly closely to my access, efficiency and transformation). Link.
  • There's a parliamentary inquiry going on into digital government. Some of the submissions make for very interesting, thought provoking reading. Link
  • FutureGov's David Ayre on the old chestnut of the difference between complicated and complex. Link.

Tools and techniques

  • Tom Loosemore shares his list of internet era ways of working. A fantastic cheat sheet for modern culture and operations. Link.
  • A very open, honest post from the Brighton and Hove digital team on barriers to getting stuff done and how the MHCLG digital declaration is helping them identify ways around them. Link.
  • How the GDS Government as a Platform team used support tickets as a form of user research. Neat! Link.


  • Nice stuff from Hackney on spreading the word of what GIS can do for colleagues. Sometimes you need to sell this stuff! Link.
  • A post about how Essex are going to share Stockport's interesting sounding headless CMS. Link.
  • How the Ministry of Justice are moving their infrastructure to the public cloud. Link.


  • Hack the North, 23-24 November, Manchester. Link
  • LocalGovDigitalCamp is "a 1 day activity of innovation, interaction and sharing of ideas, best practice and sometimes, mistakes, made in Local Gov Digital Transformation". 13th December, Exeter. Link


  • Croydon Council are looking for a behaviour change consultant. Link.
  • Website Manager, Hammersmith & Fulham. Link.
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Until next time,

~ Dave
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