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Learning Pool CELEB Event: Liz meets Leon Yohai and talks about change management in local government

Leon Yohai has worked in local government for over 24 years in areas including regeneration, homelessness, tenancy services and policy. He is currently at the very heart of an ambitious modernisation and regeneration programme worth £800 million. It has 10 key strands which, taken as a whole, will modernise and regenerate both service delivery and the infrastructure of the borough. Read More »

Talking about BuyWays and Procurement Practices at DCSF with Julie Hull

Julie Hull DCSF This interview features Julie Hull, the Head of Professional Development in Commercial Group at Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). In this interview she talks to me about DCSF latest adventure in implementing BuyWays with Learning Pool as a guide to helping schools with their procurement issues and operations. Highlights covered in this interview DCSF’s hopes ... Read More »

LGCLincoln talks about next year’s “Better Connected Report”

Taking a fresh look at the web… I remember the days where I was just reading the Better Connected Report for my literature review and not really understanding the impact it has on local council web practitioners. But this year, my eyes were open to see just how important it is to do well and measure a local council websites ... Read More »

Better Connected Report Looking into Local Councils Social Media Usage Next Year

The rise of social media… just ride with the wave baby! It was really interesting to attend yet another session about social media at a conference. However this session at LocalGovCamp Lincoln seemed to bring in some interesting debates and honed into the real issues that UK local government is facing in terms of really embracing social media or making ... Read More »

Now with pictures & other Twitterati lists!: @Liz_Azyan’s Twitterati Dedication List – People you should follow on Twitter

Over the past few months, I’ve become really great friends with my Twitterati’s . Who knew I’d find really great friends on Twitter, people who could be there for you when things don’t go quite right… - I’ve met most of the people on this list in real life. There are a few people that have always given me support throughout the months I’ve been on Twitter and feel that a I’d like to dedicate this post to them as a way of saying TQ so much for all your support on my research and blog! Please forgive me if I have forgotten someone (pls give me a pinch if I’ve forgotten!). Read More »

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

I've had a Youtube Channel for quite some time now but haven't properly introduced it to everyone. I used to do the odd video here and there because I enjoy doing it. But recently I've been receiving invitations to some exciting events and its great to capture the thoughts of the attendees while I'm there. I'll be attending and covering at least another 5 events in the near future. So if you'd like to see what I'm up while at these events, don't forget to subscribe to my channel on youtube at this link Read More »

Twitterplan: The Newest Mashup in UK Local Government

I managed to catch up with Stuart Harrision/Pezholio this morning from Lichfield District Council to ask him about his new exciting development/mashup called Twitterplan. You can listen to the telephone interview here. Just in case you wondering who else is working on some exciting mashups, have a look at Warwickshire Councils R&D website. They're working on some interesting projects with me in the near future. You could find their Web Services and API Dump here. Look out for a post featuring their projects here on LGEOResearch soon. Read More »

5 emergency management tips for government disaster response

We’ve recently been confronted with a change in weather here in England and our local government was expected to react to that change effectively and efficiently.  Though the effects of the snow is not as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina or the recent forest fire in Australia, I believe that it is important to highlight the importance of being prepared in ... Read More »

Participation Literacy

We are now living in a new age where the Internet is not just another source or another tool. Its become our way of life. People will not only learn to read, write and do maths in school. They will need the knowledge to deal with our changing culture today. We are not all just consumers anymore. What skills do ... Read More »

Updated and Reformatted Table of UK Local Council Twitters on 10th February 09

There is a new updated and reformatted list of UK local council twitters. A data has been refitted into a table for a better view of details. This list now can be found here. I'm interested to know how this list is helping your council. Is it helping the social media bid for your local council? Or does it help you to consider how you wish to use Twitter for your organization? Please tell me what your thoughts are and hopefully I can improve the output of this research. Read More »