Local Gov Camp Yorkshire & the Humber

Just a brief contribution to the many words written (and yet to be written) about yesterday’s Local Gov Camp Yorkshire & Humber. Many, many thanks to Ken Eastwood, Kevin Campbell-Wright, Melanie Reed, and eveyone else involved in making it happen.

The National Railway Museum in York made a really interesting venue, and, if my broken big toe hadn’t been limiting my mobility, I would have loved to do something social media-wise which involved some of the exhibits. Remind me, if it happens again next year, that I really want to do that. Instead, I had to content myself with running a session on Social Media Surgeries, complete with “surprise” guest appearance from Nick Booth, beamed in via Skype. This seemed to be well received, and it looks like new Surgeries in Barnsley, Doncaster and Leyland could well be launched as a result. One of the most interesting parts of the session, from my point of view, was the exploration of how Social Media Surgeries could form an important part of wider community development strategies. I think this topic can go a long way, particularly in the era of the “Big Society”.

I also attended morning sessions led by Martin Cantor of Barnsley Council, on the Digital Community Vision which we have been helping to develop as part of the regional Digital 20/20 strategy, and one on Enterprise 2.o, led by Ken Eastwood and Dave Briggs, which focused on the case study of the development of “Barnsley Buzz”, a social media platform for internal use by Barnsley Council staff.  These were both really interesting sessions, the discussion on the Digital Community Vision will be continued, and we all look forward to seeing what comes from Barnsley Buzz.

Of course, as always with these kinds of events, the best thing about it was meeting up with people you see rarely, meeting new people for the first time (particularly those previously known virtually through Twitter), and continuing conversations started elsewhere. And this raised another point, i.e. why do we have to do these things on Saturdays? I have twice recently had to break my rule of never doing events on Saturdays, because I thought they were too important to miss. I don’t do Saturday events because I have teenage kids who expect to be taxied around, and I see precious little of them during the week as it is. I’ve had this conversation in the past, and people have told me it’s because people at the cutting edge in social media use in local government are not really allowed to do this sort of stuff during the week. I raised this with a number of people who were there on Saturday, and it seemed that this might no longer be the case in many instances.

So, if Local Gov Camp Y & H happens again on a Saturday next year, I will endeavour to be there, because it’s an event too good, and too important, to miss. But you might have to explain to my kids why their taxi is not available.

10 thoughts on “Local Gov Camp Yorkshire & the Humber

  1. We heard talks about people doing the same job in the same organisation and social media bringing them together so that only one person was required.

    The same thing is happening with #lgcyh lots of blogs from those who attended on the same topics. Just a point to remember next time one task from each contributor on one central blog would do. Just a thought.

  2. Hi John

    I agree with you on how Social Media Surgeries could form an important part of wider community development strategies.
    Although, we have only had one SMS so far in Drimnagh the feedback from the event was great. There was great interaction & engagement from the people who attended.
    We are looking forward to doing more & getting the local council more involved.

  3. In the voluntary sector i’m slightly less restricted in the work sense but totally agree about Saturday as ‘quality time’.
    Having events on a Saturday feels a little ‘naughty’ like “if we have it on a Saturday they won’t find out”.
    I say, why not have it in the middle of the week and say why!!
    Because this stuff is now big, is really relevant and is actually quite important to take part in!!

    Oh, and very pleased with your second picture, as you DO have the most significant piece of modern railway hardware included!!

  4. Flickr Workshop feed-back

    This session looked at the problem of copyright that can be quite complex when viewed here

    Perhaps a traffic light system would be simpler Red (Copyright) Amber (Some Restrictions) Green (Can use for anything)

    #lgcyh have tagged the York event Flickr stream as ‘All rights reserved’ which is really going against what the event is trying to achieve that is engaging people to embrace new technologies to create an improved service.

    Flickr was also used to show how slideshows of a designated walk could help people revisit areas that they are no longer able to because of disability.

    Flickr could also be used to show particular activities and events to invite people to use digital technologies.

  5. Working patterns Web 2.0 solutions workshop

    With the advent of Web 2.0 solutions it is becoming clear that it is not always necessary to travel into a set workplace. New digital technologies have been introduced over the last thirty years with the main aim of reducing employee numbers. Is it now time to look at ways of using the digital world to reduce working patterns and hours worked for employees?

    Working from home was discussed however no solution to how the working time and quality of work output criteria would be monitored.
    One solution to this could be fingerprint identity solutions placing technology in public buildings that are set up as a hub for public employees set up across the country. Employees who have no reason to travel into a location miles away from their home could log into one of the ‘Public Building Hubs’ using the innovative finger print identity nearer to home to contribute their work rather than being at home addressing any potential for non white collar staff employees being compelled to travel to their place of work for strategic reasons e.g. waste bin recycling alternatively people could be freelance if they wanted the comfort of working from home.

    Example if you lived in Royston yet worked in Sheffield for the local government you could log on at a desktop at the Lifelong Learning Centre with a fingerprint technology device monitoring your presence and hours worked.

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