Writing

I’ve worked across a range of areas from music journalism, customer publishing, blogging and editing. I’ve run several personal blogs since 2006 have grown my personal Twitter following to almost 3k and a community Twitter account to almost 11k though authentic, honest and open communications.

I care about inclusion, community building and working in the open, my current work focusses mostly on blogging and editing, particularly editing for the One Team Gov Medium publication.

weeknotes and working in the open

I started writing weeknotes for my work in 2017, documenting my personal thoughts and reflections on my working week. As a part of the weeknot.es community I regularly publish to the Medium publication (copied to this personal blog).

I have written over 100 weeknotes since starting and over 200 other posts, sharing my ways of working and practices, as well as on the theme of mental health.

On top of this I’ve acted as a content coach to a colleague; Arfah Farook, as part of the #10MoreBlogPosts challenge which has become an ongoing relationship, and run unconference sessions on the theme of working in the open.

I’ve also spoken about my experiences with weeknotes at Ada’s List Conference (find out more).

one team gov – editor and comms lead

A screenshot of the One Team Gov Medium publication
One Team Gov Medium publication

Since 2018 I’ve been acting as communications lead for the One Team Gov movement within the UK public sector and beyond. As part of this I’ve worked with colleagues in Australia, New Zealand, Finland and Canada.

I’ve commissioned and fielded blog posts for the publication; editing, proof reading and amending these to align with the One Team Gov movement’s principles.

Since I’ve been leading this work I’ve also grown our Twitter following to 10.7k and our Medium following to over 600 people and public servants from around the world.

I’ve also written extensively about One Team Gov events, progress and work, sharing information in the open to make it reusable to the wider public sector, and an example of this is below:

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!

Through the curation and creation of content I’ve also grown the One Team Gov Twitter community to over 10.6k people from around the world.

One team gov – Radical Visions

I worked with a small team to pull together a pitch within just 48 hours, responding to Nesta’s brief; to reimagine work in the year 2030. We beat many other submissions to be selected to join the publication.

This project took two months over the summer of 2019. Using my contacts within the community around the world I gathered 46 submissions from Australia and New Zealand, across Canada, Finland, Switzerland and the UK. Using research synthesis I drew out the key themes that would form the basis of the essay. The essay itself was co-written with two colleagues (Jenny Vass and Morgan Frodsham) from other government departments. I also worked with the Nesta team on the design and layout of the essay for the publication.

Over and above this I wanted to show the diversity of the One Team Gov community, so created two short supporting films with some of the key quotes. The longer edit of this is included below:

The essay was published within the Radical Visions of Future Government book, published in September 2019 by Nesta, you can access the PDF of the publication here:

https://media.nesta.org.uk/documents/Radical_Visions_of_Future_Government_-_final.pdf