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A local democracy app?

March 14, 2011 by Andy Sawford

The App Blog profiles the 20 new apps ‘riding the wave’ of location innovation.    They report that the ease with which developers can create location-based services by tying into datasets and APIs from Google, Facebook, Foursquare and others is driving a burst of activity around location and apps, principally around…


Progress on education of children in care

November 16, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Readers of this blog and people who come to LGiU events will know that over the past six months I have been highlighting the educational under achievement of children in care.  It is great to see today’s announcement from Ed Balls on the Care2Work programme.  Ball’s acknowledges that many children are let…


Councils and social media

November 12, 2009 by Andy Sawford

I’ve been a bit slow on the blogging front in the last few weeks.  I should definitely have followed up on our social media conference last week #smc09.    One of our great speakers, Ingrid Koehler (No 1 in my Top 10 local government Twitter users)  did a brief summary on…


Local government and web 2.0

July 7, 2009 by Andy Sawford

 Our pamphlet on social media is creating a buzz online.   It makes the argument that the use of new web technologies has a hugely valuable role to play in helping councils engage with and deliver to local communities.  In the pamphlet the heads of each of our four policy centres —…


Twitter Top 10 in local government

April 3, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Twitter explosion continues and the local government world is catching on fast.   A month ago I published the first ever Twitter top 10 in local government and it became our top blog post ever within a matter of days.   The top 10 informed local government media reports and comment…


“Working Together” public services reform paper

March 10, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Downing Street are hyping up proposals on public service reform launched this morning by the Prime Minister. The morning papers have the fast track teacher training story.  There is also a health dimension, with a proposal that in the style of websites like ‘Trip Adviser’ patients should be able to rate…


Hammers and Nails

March 2, 2009 by Jonathan Carr-West

This week I found myself changing my mind about something even as I was saying it. That’s not that unusual for me, but it doesn’t normally happen in public. My colleague Jasmine invited me to speak at a session she was running on Youth participation and social networking – she’s…


Social Networking Action Set shrugs off scare stories

March 1, 2009 by Jasmine Ali

With a bit of luck, people will take this week’s scary headlines about social networking sites with a pinch of salt. They certainly did little to deter the group of 37 experts representing 30 local authorities that make up the LGiU Action Learning Set on Youth Participation and Social Networking…


Twitter top 10 – local government

February 27, 2009 by Andy Sawford

UPDATE: This has been our most popular post ever with a huge number of hits so I am keen for your views before I do a monthly update of the list at the beginning of March.  There will be some significant changes.  Do let me know what you think, either here,…


Talking Twitter

February 19, 2009 by Jonathan Carr-West

Our friends at Conservative home are hosting a lively debate on whether councillors should be twittering – views range from ‘yes of course’ to ‘ABSOLUTELY NOT’ (their capitals not mine) I think the use of the word ‘should’ is a little heavy handed. I’m not sure we need a party…