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At last years Smart Government Conference the punchline on my presentation was the proposition that we needed a safe means for public servants to tell their stories of their experiences of work. Read more
I've been giving that a lot of thought. Firstly, because this can be done.…Continue
Added by steve davies on January 19, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Just read an interesting piece by Markus Manhheim, Public Service Reporter, Canberra Times - PS on notice over social media use.
I know that central agencies in the public sector do not deliberately issue circulars with the intent of telling public servants to, as it were, shut up online. However, that is precisely what …Continue
The Manifesto resonates well with me given the content of the…Continue
Added by steve davies on January 11, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
So 2012 is here.
We've had the initial flurry of reform activity - reports, committees and information cascading from on high along with requests for feedback. So, with the increased efficiency dividend about to impact Australian Public Service agencies what does reform really look like? More pointedly, is the APS really Building the future together? By the way, that's the tagline used on the APS…Continue
For all the good work going on around open government I think it is fair to say that we are not so good at engaging young people. Why? Because Gov is boring and, I suspect, young people have high expectations of authentic engagement.
Having a Twitter or Facebook account is not enough and we need to rethink our approach. One of the ways to do that is to introduce a sense of purposeful problem solving and, dare I say it, fun. And the fun element can come from instant feedback by…Continue
Added by steve davies on December 19, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
An interesting bit of work from the Indiana University Office of Interactive Communications.
Many of us grew up in the Push Culture, a period in history where manufacturers and distributors told us what we should think about their product through all types of advertising mediums that were available at the time - television, print, and even the dearly loved telemarketers. Branding was King. That was then. Times have changed, thanks almost exclusively to the internet and…
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I suggest that two words sum this up. Elegance and simplicity. Ah yes, I can see the functionalists coming out the wood work already.
I've always figured that a good indication of the culture of workplaces is how they handle the human side of life. Maybe as a male I live in a bit of a bubble, but I was quite surprised when a public servant sent me the following question:
"What are the reasons why the APS does not have a standardised policy on breastfeeding in the workplace or at least include paid lactation breaks as a standard condition? Some agencies already absorb the cost and allow lactation…
Added by steve davies on November 6, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments
Is this the way of the future? Why Iceland Should Be in the News But Is Not
It seems to me that governments listening, and social media being part of the equation, gives us hint of what could be a better way.
And what is so bad about tearing up the rule book when the old rules no longer work? …Continue
"Facebook updates and YouTube videos are becoming more important to global affairs than governments, Iceland's president said this week."
Well, I would certainly add Twitter to the list. Iceland's president: Social media turns government into a 'sideshow'
What a wonderfully articulate and reasoned talk by the President. Recognition of this profound…Continue
Added by steve davies on October 28, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments
If, as many people believe, our democratic system is in dire need of repair then it makes sense to get involved in new Democracy. I'm certainly going to be getting in touch with them.
Another dimension relevant to…Continue
Added by steve davies on October 28, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
On Club Troppo is an interesting paper by Nicholas Gruen - The David Solomon Lecture: Government 2.0 a couple of years on . . .
One aspect of the paper I find especially interesting as it has direct bearing on transparency and the performance of individual agencies is the…Continue
Dr Derek Ambrose has kindly offered to share his doctorate thesis with us. Derek's thesis is entitled Identifying the existence and impact of transformational leadership in the Australian public sector.
This is so very timely given the challenges posed by Gov 2.0 and social media technologies in 2011. Derek's thesis provides great insights.
The major takeaway for me is that transformational leadership is not yet dominant and, indeed, nothing…Continue
Lately I have being getting distinct feelings of deja vu about the way in which some agencies in the APS are going about handling Gov 2.0 and the whole social media thing. Needless to say much the same applies within other jurisdictions.
So I went rummaging through some old papers from the 90s. That thought was prompted by recollections of the reaction of the then Public Service Commission to my view (and those of others), that we needed to develop…Continue
Added by steve davies on September 25, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments
So TEDxCanberra is over.
Like many others I could not make it. It just sold out so fast :(
No doubt the fabulous organisers are working hard to make the days proceedings available to everyone. Can't wait.
Here is some stuff to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon.
From Craig Thomler. TedXCanberra 2011 liveblog
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OK. Rapid fire thoughts.
Follow the flow of these links:
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