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

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2009: The year of Less

January 2, 2009

I’m not going to store up humiliation for myself by posting predictions or New Year’s resolutions for ’09, but from where I’m sitting, I’d say the big theme will be Less. And I’m not being entirely pessimistic. It goes more or less without saying that we’ll all be working smarter and leaner, assuming fewer staff,…

Voices in the crowd

December 19, 2008

“Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom. Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred.” Lev Grossman, Time Magazine Photo credit: Stephen McLeod Guido Fawkes is switching to a reputation and…

The Someday List #2: Evaluation

December 11, 2008

Second up in my series of four promised posts is a quick pointer to something we’re doing at DIUS towers. We’ve been experimenting for a few months now with how to use the social web for engagement in policymaking and have some successes and failures under our belt. But what’s the difference between a success…

Is social media safe for work?

November 29, 2008

Quick plug for something I’ve been contributing to elsewhere: we’ve been working with the TUC and Get Safe Online to launch a new toolkit to help improve workers’ Internet security awareness and skills. From the press release: While employers are improving their Internet security systems, their good work could be undermined if they fail to…

An incomplete field-spotters guide to the jungle beasts of the social media enterprise

November 4, 2008

Herewith in a half-dozen crisp pen-portraits, a description of some of the characters you are sure to meet as a missionary for social media in the curious jungle of social media in the enterprise: Macaques are fun and infuriating. They love to experiment, grabbing something and leaping away to play with it. They’re sociable types…

The Someday List: 1. Licensing

October 24, 2008

Seems all the cool kids are doing a series of themed blog posts, so I’ll join the party: over the next few weeks I’m going to cover four topics from my ‘Someday/Maybe’ list of applying social media in government: Licensing Accessibility Guidance Evaluation Let’s start with the one I’m most sketchy about: licensing. Image credit:…