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Weeknotes S10 Ep 18

Longest series ever Hi welcome to my week(notes). I wasn’t really happy with last week and I didn’t have the energy to write anything particularly interesting, but I think that’s maybe a reflection of this series going on for rather longer than I thought. I need a break really. So this will be the last weeknote … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep 18

Thinking beyond the Tiger: what do you want your team to take away?

A reference guide to different children’s books that can help you tell stories of your work. Since January 2020 I’ve been developing a workshop that I first delivered at #UKGovCamp about telling stories using the well known children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea. You can find out all about it here, as well as … Continue reading Thinking beyond the Tiger: what do you want your team to take away?

Weeknotes S10 Ep 17

Whistlestopnotes Hi hi! It’s been a busy week with a lot going on so I’m going to list out some of the things by days and then see if any insights fall out. Monday I wasn’t feeling well which meant I WFB (worked from bed) for most of the day. But actually the W in … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep 17

Out of the frying pan and away from the fire. My reflections on #OTGSP

This is a guest post by Emma Kate Ross, an attendee at #OTGSP — our recent event for World Suicide Prevention Day. Emma works for Kelly’s Cause Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting those working within the hospitality industry. A chef plates meals in a kitchen. Your comfortable Thursday afternoon, surrounded by your safe, familiar environment is pierced … Continue reading Out of the frying pan and away from the fire. My reflections on #OTGSP

Weeknotes S10 Ep16

The house buying process. Reader, it is not this straightforward. Well hi. How has your week been? Mine has been… eventful. On Tuesday my buyer pulled out of our house sale. On Wednesday we started viewings again (after some frantic tidying). The Simpson’s house, the caption reads: (BANGING) Then, on Thursday we had a new … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep16

What we learned by running #OTGSP

One Team Gov commit to working in the open, sharing our findings when running events so that others can learn from us. Here you will find stats, feedback from attendees, and lessons learned from running the event. A wonderful sketchnote produced by Angela Buron and featuring all of our speakers on the day. I always feel especially … Continue reading What we learned by running #OTGSP

Weeknotes S10 Ep15

This series is going on forever…. might be time for a break soon. A flashing gif of the word ‘empower’ Power / empowerment [1]/ language / soft stuff I’ve been thinking a lot about digital transformation, working in this space of change, of user centred design, of service design. Of power structures and hierarchies. Of empowerment and … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep15

Weeknotes S10 Ep14

The meltdown It’s Thursday evening as I write this. I’m watching the programme on the BBC about the crazy hotel in Liverpool where everything is Instagram fishing. I started watching it the other week and it is exactly the kind of delicious nonsense that I love. A room in The Shankley hotel, with gold crushed … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep14

Weeknotes S10 Ep13

Ripples Hello and happy Friday. It’s blustery. Its a bit rainy. It’s definitely autumn now. Gif: Winnie the Pooh on a blustery day It’s been a pretty good week, no major issues or worries, some progress made and some good conversations. I’m not sure I’ve had any big feels or epiphanies this week, but lets start … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep13

#OTGSP — your questions

On 10 September One Team Gov held an event for World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD2020. We brought together 14 people working in Suicide Prevention to offer a range of perspectives. Here are some of the questions that you asked on the day, answered by our contributors and organising team. Banners showing a number of our … Continue reading #OTGSP — your questions

All the jobs I failed to get

Disclaimer: not *all* the jobs Gif: From Flight of the Concords. The look at the camera and say “Why, Be more constructive with your feedback. Please.” Terence recently wrote a great blog post about all of the jobs he had failed to get, you’ll find that here: Unlike Terence, who presents a finite list of failures … Continue reading All the jobs I failed to get

Weeknotes S10 Ep12

Gif: a red pennant that reads ‘Nebraska’ Hi there, it’s Friday and I’m writing my weeknotes! I’ve been getting late with this and for the past couple of weeks it’s taken me until Monday to get them done, which I haven’t enjoyed because I like to write as a way to mentally process the week. … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep12

Weeknotes S10 Ep11

It will ripple. Gif: A drip of water ripples in a still pool. Ok, here we are again. It’s Monday. As I speak a 6 year old is running rings around me, literally and figuratively (yes, on a Monday). He is stealing lemons from the fruit bowl and chewing at the rind, jumping on his trampoline, running … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep11

Weeknotes S10 Ep10

Thou shalt see that it is barren. I started writing this on Friday night, from my bed, in front of Drag Race. But somehow it never got finished over the weekend. Well not quite ‘somehow’ — we were very busy tidying and moving furniture around — and in the evenings I was too tired to think about writing. So here … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep10

One Team Gov Suicide Prevention #OTGSP for #WSPD2020 — Our agenda

Picture: A graphic recorder draws at One Team Gov Global in July 2018. On 10 September, 14 expert contributors will join us to start the discussion about Suicide Prevention for #WSPD2020. Find our running order and details here. Background When we started with the idea of creating an event for World Suicide Prevention day, I don’t think … Continue reading One Team Gov Suicide Prevention #OTGSP for #WSPD2020 — Our agenda

Weeknotes S10 Ep9

The black cloud Gif: A cartoon man sits at a desk with his head on a hand, he has a thinking bubble above his head which rains on him with a single drip. I didn’t manage to get my weeknotes out last week. I’m not really sure why. I wasn’t feeling it, by which I mean, it … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep9

Weeknotes S10 Ep8

Three (and a bit) things. Where to start? Hello it’s Monday. I didn’t get around to my weeknotes last week and I didn’t get around to them over the weekend either. I think this is a signal that I have a bit too much on. My migraine persisted into Wednesday, striking with an aura and general … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep8

Weeknotes S10 Ep7

The hangover I wrote last weeks #weeknotes on Sunday, after I’d spent most of the weekend in bed with a migraine. Well, that migraine hasn’t gone away and, as I write this, it’s been more than one week since it settled in. I can’t say I’m ill, but I’m not quite well. More than anything … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep7

Weeknotes S10 Ep6

In need of a new brain. Hey there. It’s Sunday which feels a little late for weeknotes. I spent Saturday afternoon in bed with a migraine that lodged itself in the left half of my brain on Friday evening, stuck with me all night (giving me two anxiety nightmares) and, made me think I was going … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep6

Weeknotes S10 Ep5

Half way through Ep 10 already! It’s been an interesting week and I am tired. It’s Thursday night at almost 9 and I never write at this time because I’m usually thinking about bed by now. But in the morning I’m speaking as part of UX Bristol about The Tiger Who Came To Tea. It’s been … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep5

Weeknotes S10 Ep4

New/Old/Same/Different Last week I had a break from weeknotes as I finished up at the National Leadership Centre and had a couple of days off before heading back to the Local Digital Collaboration Unit at MHCLG. The week has gone quickly and I have a lot of thoughts to filter through, some big, some not … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep4

World Suicide Prevention Day

A picture of a Frog on a rock taken at One Team Gov Well-being Camp in 2019. One Team Gov are running two events for #WSPD2020, find out more and get involved What’s going on? One Team Gov are running two events for World Suicide Prevention Day These will be held virtually on 19 August and 10 September … Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day

Weeknotes S10 Ep3

What have you *done*? I’ve slightly fallen in love with the provocation by Tatiana Mac above. It’s so easy to remember and so simple to repeat. I included it in my weeknotes last week and I’m putting it here again. It gives me the prompt to action, and reminds me me to acknowledge the Black Lives … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep3

Weeknotes S10 Ep2

“Cannot catch a break!” A gif from the Simpsons, Bart crosses stones in a rive, Millhouse falls in. Bart goes through a loose panel in a fence which then his Millhouse in the face. Bart runs down a steep hill, Millhouse rolls down behind him. You will have seen it, in an American comedy or something. A … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep2

Weeknotes S10 Ep1

Wow, I’ve made it to series 10 of weeknotes. How about that? I last wrote weeknotes on 25 April, which I’ve just realised wasn’t last month, but the month before that. 7 weeks ago in fact. I’ve lost May. May is gone. It’s June now. Between then and now much has happened, the universe seems content … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep1

One Team Gov stand against racism, and support the Black Lives Matter movement unequivocally.

A letter from some of the UK One Team Gov team to the rest of the movement around the world After the unlawful killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many others, and the recent protests around the world, to date @OneTeamGov have been silent on these issues. Until today we have not released a … Continue reading One Team Gov stand against racism, and support the Black Lives Matter movement unequivocally.

A Trello reading list for learning, and for accountability

In this post I’ll talk about how this library for my professional development has become a powerful tool in holding myself accountable in both my personal and professional life. This blog post will cover: Why I started using Trello to track my reading Objectives My board and themes How it’s changed… Black Lives Matter Analysis … Continue reading A Trello reading list for learning, and for accountability

Special leave in lockdown, Pt.2

Keeping some notes even though I’m not working I started writing some notes about some of the things currently going on in my life during Covid-19, you’ll find Pt.1 here: Through weeknotes writing as a practice I’ve come to realise how writing helps me work through and process things that are happening. When I published Pt.1 … Continue reading Special leave in lockdown, Pt.2

Weeknotes S9 EP15

I will, I am, I have. [Gif] Writing says Past, Present, Future and goes blurry. I wasn’t sure if I would write this week because a lot of the things that have been going on are things that I can’t really talk about; either because they relate to the work we are doing for COVID-19, or because … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 EP15

Weeknotes S9 Ep14

Where you are [Gif] Bulbasaur and Squirtle wearing party hats. This week has been brought to you by the following “biggish” things: It was my 5 year Civil Service birthday! This is my 100th (yes, 100th!) weeknote! We finished Sprint 12 and moved into Sprint 13! At home, we took delivery of our new Fatboy hammock (truly, … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep14

Weeknotes S9 Ep13

Go! Team [Gif] A woman stands on the prongs (is that what they’re called?) of a forklift truck and does a little dance (wait, are they called forks?!) while a man drives it in a circle, the caption reads “When you and your team are jiving” Nonotes Last week I had a break from weeknotes. There … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep13

Weeknotes S9 Ep12

Shift patterns [Gif] Fred Flintstone drives up to a rock that says “Time Clock” on it. He takes a thin piece of rock and puts it into a dinosaur’s mouth who punches 4 holes in it just like a check in/check out system in factories. I wasn’t sure if I would write this week because … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep12

Weeknotes S9 Ep10/11

Chameleon / rollercoaster. [Gif] A chameleon washes his hands, but not very well, do a better job chameleon! In this bonus edition of weeknotes you get two weeks for the price of one. Those weeks are pretty different in tone because honestly folks, what a rollercoaster we are on right now, Week 1 feels like … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep10/11

Weeknotes S9 Ep9: SDinGov

Guacamole [1] [Gif] A chef pounds up tens of avocados in a steel bowl using a huge masher. It doesn’t feel melodramatic to say that this is how my head has been feeling for the past few days. Hello, it’s Sunday and for the first time in a long time I am writing weeknotes on the … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep9: SDinGov

One Team Blog!

Our publishing habits suggest that the movement is still growing, gaining momentum, and moving out of the Westminster / London “bubble” A screenshot of the One Team Gov Medium publication Last week I edited and published four blog posts for One Team Gov. Two were from the recent Ottawa unconference (a brilliant but very long post … Continue reading One Team Blog!

Weeknotes S9 Ep8

A weird old week [Gif] Adam from Girls shrugs and says “The plan is: There is no plan” This week just feels as though it hasn’t really gone to plan, not with work but all of the other stuff around work. It’s meant that the work stuff has been pushed out to the edges of some days … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep8

Weeknotes S9 Ep7

Halfterminism A gif from CBeebies show The Clangers of a Clanger jumping up and down Hello, it’s Friday again and, more than that, February is almost over. It’s six weeks since the schools went back after Christmas, well it must be, because we are once again in half-term holiday time. These school holidays feel constant and … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep7

Weeknotes S9 Ep6

Anxietnotes Gif: Kimmy Schmidt bangs her head against a wall. As I write this, the house is quiet apart from the clicking on of the boiler and a faint pop-popping of the tonic in the gin beside me. My keyboard clacking is the the loudest thing going on and I am enjoying the peace. About an … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep6

We love wallpaper!

The inimitable Terence Eden recently wrote that “Post-it’s aren’t agile – they’re wallpaper” so I started thinking (A LOT) about wallpaper… First up, read Terence’s brilliant post here: Intro Look, it’s pretty difficult to argue against the sustainability of post-it’s or their accessibility because those are fixed arguments and if we agree that we believe … Continue reading We love wallpaper!

Weeknotes S9 Ep5

This week has been mostly brought to you by looking under rocks and discovering all sorts of things hidden underneath them. A meme of a bearded man amongst some rocks with the caption “For a few weeks I’ve been living under a rock” to which I say, “Great, can you please return to your place … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep5

Weeknotes S9 Ep4

Oof, quite a week… Pikachu welling up. This has been one of those weeks that has felt so intense that I’m not really sure if I am able to write weeknotes today. I’ve been playing pokémon this morning to distract myself and relax a little. I want to write but I’m also aware that I need to … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep4

Weeknotes S9 Ep3

A busy week, but one where things start to come together A gif from the Simpsons that says “Everything’s comin’ up Millhouse!” Bit of a weird week that probably starts last Friday really. Because so much has happened I’m going to try and group things together under some themes. Before I start, here’s what I’ve been … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep3

Telling the story of your project… using The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

A post-it note in the book The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the post it reads “Inciting Incident, compels the hero (that’s us) to action that leads to change” As digital people working in government, we’re often called upon to talk about our work, but sometimes we get bogged down in detail or stifled by structure, … Continue reading Telling the story of your project… using The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Weeknotes S9 Ep2

Busy. A lovely cartoon bee. It’s been a week. I knew January would be busy as we gear up for the upcoming National Leaders Forum, but honestly, this was not what I expected in my second week back. Because so much is going on, and in the interests of keeping myself sane, I’m going for a … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep2

Weeknotes S9 Ep1

Hello 2020, and welcome to weeknotes series 9! (Eek) Cartoon characters of the numbers 2020 wearing party hats. Happy New year! Well, was it? I hate new years, it is peak anxiety season for me. I have to work super hard not to fall into a “should spiral” as fellow awesome Letchworth human Holly would say. When you … Continue reading Weeknotes S9 Ep1

Blogging retro 2019

Another year of me wittering on Hello Christmas, you’re here! That’s a surprise. I know you come at this time every year but although my body is screaming “I am so ready for this!” my brain is yet to catch up. So, at 7am on a Saturday I’m thinking of ways I can start to … Continue reading Blogging retro 2019

Pre-election period notes

Keeping notes through the pre-election period [1] because we might be quiet but the work doesn’t stop. I haven’t written since 18 October, so there’s been an 8 week hiatus — that’s quite a while and I’ve missed writing. I opted not to weeknote the following week because our fund team had been asked to embargo our comms. … Continue reading Pre-election period notes

Who am I? Weeknotes for professional and personal development

The title slide for the presentation A presentation given at Ada’s List Conference in London on 9 November 2019. Today I’m going to cover: Who am I? What are weeknotes? What I’ve gained How to get started A quick few points about me: I worked in very small (less than 50) small customer publishing agencies making … Continue reading Who am I? Weeknotes for professional and personal development

Apolitical Crash Course in Network-Building for Public Servants

The title slide from our crash course On Thursday 17 October, myself and Nour delivered a crash course for Apolitical about finding your people and building communities within government. We did this after Miki Stricker-Talbot from the City of Edmonton and UNICORNS network in Canada suggested that we join up to deliver something and share what … Continue reading Apolitical Crash Course in Network-Building for Public Servants

Weeknotes S8 Ep5

All the people A gif showing a scene in the video fro Parklife by blur where Damon Albarn pulls a face and stands on one leg. Happy Friday! I start this week much more positively than last week. Last week I wrote a post about the inertia and sluggishness that I struggle with sometimes. Thankfully this morning … Continue reading Weeknotes S8 Ep5

Weeknotes S8 Ep4

Procrasti-noting Daria saying “I’ve been busy procrastinating all day” Morning, well, it’s nearly afternoon now. I’ve been a bit slow this morning. It’s been a varied week again, my nanny has been on holiday so I had to work from home on Monday and Tuesday to pick up the little one, and picking up work again … Continue reading Weeknotes S8 Ep4