Personal blogging by Steph Gray, founder of Helpful Digital and erstwhile bureaucrat

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The wrong clients

December 3, 2019

We had a little retrospective last week to reflect on some of the highlights of the year in our website build and support work. We’ve built several sites we can be really proud of this year. We’ve made big leaps in our process and ways of working with separation of front and back end development,…

Long haul

March 21, 2019

I don't tend to feel I can write much here about the other side of what I've been doing these past nine years - our crisis simulation work. But here's a little flight of fancy into what simulating social media crises has to do with planes. Or something.

Blogging as thinking

December 31, 2018

2008-9 was a good time for me. I was a few months into an amazing new job thinking about how a government department might use social media creatively for communications and policymaking; and in the early months too of being a new dad. Work-wise, our little team did some amazing things that year, from low…

How to be a Very Stable Genius

January 18, 2018

I’ve not pitched a session at UKGovcamp for a few years, but I’m hoping to pitch one this year on something that’s been troubling me for a while. How does social media and digital culture affect our state of mind, and what can we practically do about it? A note of clarification on the title:…