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A local democracy app?

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 …

Progress on education of children in care

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 …

Councils and social media

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 …

Local government and web 2.0

 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 …

Twitter Top 10 in local government

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.   …

“Working Together” public services reform paper

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 …

Hammers and Nails

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 …

Social Networking Action Set shrugs off scare stories

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 …

Twitter top 10 – local government

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 …

Talking Twitter

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 …