Disruptive Revolutions

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The Industrial Revolution marked a transition in manufacturing. An age of advancement characterised by coal, steel and steam that marked a major turning point in history (from about 1760 to 1840). Almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way, with new technologies having many disruptive effects e.g. railways rapidly replacing canals.

In 150 years time will Wikipedia describe a Digital Revolution? A period of rapid advancement and disruptive change occurring from the start of the space race, the ...

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The Digital Barn

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Web designers and developers from across the UK filled Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre for The Digital Barn, a sell out tech conference on Saturday 22 September.

We were delighted to sponsor the event, which attracted 115 delegates, and to speak about 21st Century Business and The Future of Work.

Digital Nomads believe that we are living in the middle of a revolution that could impact upon work ...

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Mobile Local Government Events

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Digital Nomads ran two Mobile Local Government Events over the summer with the Public Sector Nomads membership community and our friends at Public Networks (Leeds, 19 July and London, 20 September).

Both workshops were a mix of presentation and discussion and the feedback from delegates was excellent. The days began with a scene setter, considering the disruptive impact of digital technologies and the changes taking place in society that could prove to be as significant as the industrial revolution of the ...

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All Change – New Horizons for Local Government

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Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM) supports local authorities and their partners in their drive to increase efficiency and improve local public services.

All Change – New Horizons for Local Government was IEWM’s annual local government conference, run in partnership with Warwick Business School and held on Friday, December 9th, 2011.

The event was aimed at elected members, chief executives and senior officers from the West Midlands and beyond. The Conference featured Leaders and Chief Executives Think Tank sessions, topical workshops, an innovative ‘unconference’ and supplier marketplace –all ...

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LocalGovCamp

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On Saturday 18th June I attended LocalGovCamp2011 in Birmingham where I found myself to be the only Assistant Director and most senior local government officer present.

I had attended the first LocalGovCamp in Birmingham in 2009, not knowing quite what to expect. I was impressed with the overwhelming enthusiasm and interest in developing creative solutions to everyday problems. The ‘grass-roots’ feel of the event made a refreshing change to the polished corporate offerings I’d grown so accustomed to. I learned a ...

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Fundraising – Kilimanjaro & Barnsley Hospice

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Barnsley Council, partners, colleagues, family and friends are raising funds for Barnsley Hospice by climbing the highest freestanding mountain in the world!

Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, located in northeastern Tanzania and is 19,340 feet (5,893m) high. Whilst the former volcano can be scaled without serious mountaineering skills, an ascent to the top of Africa represents a very serious challenge.

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Fundraising – Trailtrekker2010

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Rather foolishly, I’ve signed up to take part in one of Europe’s most demanding charity challenges, Trailtrekker 2010, a non stop 100km hike through the Yorkshire Dales.

Oxfam hope the event will raise £600,000 for projects helping some of the world’s poorest people. The charity is looking to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event, which saw 664 participants – some from as far afield as Australia – raise almost £400,000 between them.

The 62-mile circular walk begins and ends in Skipton, taking in the stunning heights of ...

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