Notes from GovCamp 2020

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Giant post it notes stuck to a wall.

I’ve been to a fair few GovCamps – the (mostly) annual gathering of Civil Servants who want to explore new ways of working. For a flavour of what they’re like, see scripti electronici passim: GovCamp 2012 (Video of my talk) GovCamp 2015 Tweets only GovCamp 2016 GovCamp 2018 GovCamp 2019 It was great to see…

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What Happens at #GovCamp Stays at GovCamp?

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A dictaphone.

How do you archive a conference? A decade ago, I blogged about how to archive a BarCamp – I don’t think anyone took up my suggestions. I tried to put it into practice, but in this post about 2009’s BarCampBrighton4, half the links have rotted away, cool media-hosting startups have gone bust and eaten the…

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GovGeeks T-Shirts

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A t-shirt with the slogan "Make things open it makes things better."

Like all true geeks, my laptop is a smörgåsbord of stickers dedicated to openness. And, like all true geeks, I have loads of t-shirts that advertise failed start-ups, trendy apps, and unconferences. Why not combine the two? (Thanks to Matt Edgar for the NHS artwork.) (Thanks to Jukesie for his MVB design.) You can buy…

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UK Gov Camp Weeknotes

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Edent Shouting into a microphone.

I’m finally feeling like I’m settling into my new role. I spent my Saturday at UK GovCamp – an unconference for Civil Servants. I ran a session on Acronyms in the Workplace. It was hillarious listening to people try to introduce themselves without any abbreviations. “I am the Chief Paperclip Office for the United Kingdom’s…

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The Policy Hack

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Clip from the film "The Matrix" - a young bald boy is saying "There is no spoon."

I’ve found a delightfully exploitable social hack which I presented at UK GovCamp. It applies to any uncooperative bureaucracy. Here’s how it works. You ask someone to do something and they reply with “I’m sorry sir, that’s against our policy.” You should say “I’m sorry to hear that. Please can you send me a copy…

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The Gender Politics of Conference T-Shirts

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I spent my Saturday crewing the reception desk at the amazing UK GovCamp Unconference. Part of our task was to check people in, hand them their name badges, schwag, and offer them a free conference T-Shirt. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got hundreds of conference Ts stuffed in a drawer somewhere. They’re all the…

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Video From GovCamp #ukgc12

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The lovely people from UK Gov Camp have put up some of the videos from the barcamp. Here’s me chatting about mobile and the WordPress Mobile Pack. From Steph at Helpful Technology. See my blog post about the day.

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Gov Camp UK

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As per the meme, here are my 20 points on Gov Camp UK. Sign up early. I dawdled and so was only able to get a ticket for Saturday. I feel like I missed out on a lot of interesting conversations. BarCamps should be recorded for posterity. It’s a point I’ve made before. Cameras and…

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