Stepping away from the core

I just made some changes to the website of The Standby Task Force. Not, in itself, a very noteworthy action. But these particular changes are significant to me. Because today I removed myself from the Core Team page and added myself to the Coordinators page. The Standby Task Force has what, in management speak, most […]

Six links for a blogpost

It’s Saturday. I’ve been doing nice things, seeing friends and walking dogs. I don’t really want to write much today but I must because I have an agreement with Dan Slee that we will blog every day in November.   What do we know about Brexit? Not much according to the House of Commons Library. Confused […]

You cannot have public services unless you pay for them

I remember the moment when I decided local government would be a career not just a job. It was a phone call I made while working as “Media Relations Co-ordinator” in a rural District Council (it’s long gone now). I’d received an email (yes we had EMAIL) asking me to write a press release (we still […]

Social media and the bereaved

I’ve just returned from an excellent workshop run by Gwent LRF. They train professionals from the police and local authorities who might work with bereaved families after a major incident together. This workshop was focusing on issues relating to the media and the bereaved. I was talking, in particular, about social media. My slides are […]

Can we use slack for civil contingencies chat?

Phil Rumens was looking for examples of using Slack for cross-agency team chat. Anyone using @SlackHQ or other platforms for cross agency civil emergency team chat? Perhaps @likeaword might know? — Phil Rumens (@PhilRumens) November 8, 2016 Its sparked a nice discussion including examples of the use of WhatsApp and Microsoft Lync  I’m also familiar with the use […]

An open source Brexit?

David Allen Green has always been worth following on Twitter (if that’s your sort of thing). He’s been particularly interesting on the Brexit mess/process/glory (delete according to your inclination). He wrote a lengthy series of Tweets today, essentially critiquing the government’s failure to introduce a Bill to give it the power to trigger Article 50 […]