Schools and Open Data

Over the past year or so, I’ve been working – on and off – to gather interest in the idea of encouraging school pupils to explore open data, data visualisation, and the political lessons that can be drawn from this. I won’t go into too much detail about his now as I’ve covered it extensively […]

Politicos meeting gamers

Just a quick pointer to an event I’m helping to organise tomorrow evening in central London: Politicos meet Gamers – Adam Street Club, 9 Adam Street, London WC2N 6AA. [tickets] There are still a few tickets left and I’ve outlined some of my own thinking behind why it’s a worthwhile meetup to attend and I’ve […]

Raising the ‘chatter level’

If you will permit me a small plug for some work I’m doing, I’d like to tell you a bit about The Centre for School Design – a project that was launched on Monday evening by the British Council for School Environments (BCSE). I’ve been very interested in Ty Goddard’s work for a while now […]

Leadership is the key

Since the launch of PICamp in late May, a number of important themes have been highlighted and addressed. The main one, it seems, is the small-p political nature of ┬ámany changes that are happening at the moment – changes that are brought about by the rapid take-up of usergenerated content tools. These have been fleshed […]

New ideas in Belfast

In Belfast earlier this week, working on the inaugural PICamp – the Political Innovation Camp alongside Amplified 09. We had some great coverage from the BBC’s Hearts & Minds programme – Nothern Ireland’s Thursday evening political slot.     [youtube]EndCLDbf_7o[/youtube] Steve Lawson liveblogged the whole day heroically here including some audioclips that can be listened […]

Why ‘gamechanging’ makes for better politics

On Tuesday, I’ll be in Belfast (un)organising an Unconference called PICamp – the Political Innovation Camp. I’m working with the Slugger O’Toole weblog and Amplified ’09 in doing this, and we’re hoping to have sixteen sessions (that’s how many we have time and space for) – each one initiated by attendees. The most exciting thing […]

Announcing picamp Belfast

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be promoting and working on ‘picamp’ – the political innovation camp event in Belfast on the 26th of May. This project is being done in conjunction with the Northern Ireland political weblog Slugger O’Toole, with NESTA-sponsored Amplified ’09 and Queens University Belfast who have kindly allowed us […]

Slugger O’Toole Awards 2009

The planning for the 2009 Slugger O’Toole Awards has begun in earnest. ┬áThe 2008 awards were a terrific success, underlining Slugger‘s status as a blog that is positively engaged with the political process. Where recent press headlines have focussed upon the anti-political nature of some of the more nihilistic high-volume political blogs – and the […]

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