#Learnpod13

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On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending LearnPod at Doncaster College’s flagship Hub campus.

Purportedly the UK’s largest unconference for post-16 learning, LearnPod  was the brainchild of  Internet entrepreneur and former college Chair of Governors, Rob Wilmot

The event started with an address by college Principal, George Trow, who gave some mixed messages about the use of social media although overall was trying to be positive and supportive.

Being an unconference, delegates were asked to pitch up ideas ...

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A year with Digital Nomads

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It is now a year since I officially left Local Government after over 20 years service and joined Ken Eastwood at Digital Nomads. I can’t believe how fast that year has gone.

In that time I have learned so much and been involved in some brilliant work, whilst enjoying every single minute.

Some of the things we’ve achieved in that time include:-

  • Organised a number of brilliant events
  • Production of the Maths Champions Network
  • Development and delivery of training courses for SME’s
  • Implementation of ...
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21st Century Office & Worksmart

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Last week saw the delivery of our Public Sector Nomads 21st Century Office event, showcasing Rotherham MBC’s flagship building.

Rotherham staff gave a frank and honest account of their WorkSmart Strategy implementation and delegate feedback was extremely positive.

I always feel quite privileged to be sitting in on these events where I can pick up great snippets of learning to share with others.

The presentations are available on the website, which give the technical details etc. but the main points I ...

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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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Mobile Local Government 2012 Leeds

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On Thursday 19 July we hosted our first Local Government Goes Mobile 2012 Event in partnership with Public Networks, at the Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University.  Despite the downturn in public spending, we had 35 delegates registered to attend from 16 different organisations, which made for a good quality set of round table discussions and question and answer sessions.

The main points I learned from the event were:-

1.    Mobile and Flexible works, and what’s more, there are hidden benefits!

Successful implementations are really ...

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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.

Barnsley ...

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