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Some tips for new podcasters

A few weeks ago, I made the trip to London to do a podcasting course at the Guardian offices – this meant driving from South Wales at 5am on a Sunday morning (no public transport to get me there on time) – it was worth it. Podcasting seemed to be seen as quite a nerdy…

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Collaboration and communications need trust: is Knowledge Hub the answer for the public sector?

I’m lucky to have some amazing clients doing great things in social housing and public service. So many government departments, housing associations, local authorities and health organisations are tackling similar problems, in challenging environments and with a shrinking budget. That’s why I think the new Knowledge Hub – a free-to-join website allowing public sector staff…

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The social media election in nine tweets

It’s getting a bit of a cliché to describe it as a ‘social media election’ but things have changed drastically since 2010. In 2010 adults spent 14.2 hours per month on the web, but, thanks to widespread use of mobile devices, our total use of media and communications averaged over 11 hours every day in 2014. And 34% of…

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The public sector has no obligation to be boring: tweets that show the funny side of gov

I’ve been lucky enough to work with people doing some pretty important, serious stuff. Social work, policing, health, public finances, planning, housing, community safety: it’s all critical work. I’ve noticed that lots of people in the most serious jobs are very comfortable expressing a sense of humour.  As my mum often says: “if you didn’t laugh, you’d cry”. Laughing…