Technology Won’t Kill Meetings – But We Can


Technology failed us. We thought the world of work was to be reimagined. The death of the office. The end of email. A utopia of work/life integration fueled by work-where-you-want technology. It hasn’t happened. Six years ago 2.8 million people made daily commutes of two hours or more. In 2016 that’s risen to 3.7 million. … Continue reading Technology Won’t Kill Meetings – But We Can

Moving Away From The Reactive Organisation


Our job is to the mind the gap between the bureaucracy of our systems and the opportunities in our communities – Cormac Russell The first step is realisation. Accepting that most of us in the social sector are employed because of failure. As Matthew Manos has written – it’s a field of business that profits … Continue reading Moving Away From The Reactive Organisation

Building Trust and Standing Out in the Digital Age


In many ways the events of 2016 are less a surprise and more the logical outcome of what we already knew. As I wrote early last year – we are in an era of ‘trust deficit’ – where more people distrust institutions than believe in them. When belief in government, business, media and nonprofits dips below 50%, … Continue reading Building Trust and Standing Out in the Digital Age

Is the social sector really getting better at learning from failure?


Guest post with Shirley Ayres , Chris Bolton and Roxanne Persaud Innovation in the digital sphere can be complex and risky and there are not sufficient opportunities to share learning from failure. One year on from the Practical Strategies For Learning From Failure Workshops we asked the organising team: Is the social sector getting better at … Continue reading Is the social sector really getting better at learning from failure?

Using Design Principles to Describe What Transformation Means


Digital transformation to me is about the transformation of organisations from silos, outsourced capability and murky strategic goals, to being an organisation that understands the vision, that knows where it delivers the most value and how to focus on it – Michael Brunton-Spall Right now – if my backchannel Twitter conversations are to be believed – … Continue reading Using Design Principles to Describe What Transformation Means

Five Ways Social Media Can Inspire Creativity


Can Twitter make employees more innovative? In our study, Twitter users and non-users generally submitted the same number of ideas at work. However the ideas of Twitter users were rated significantly more positively by other employees and experts than the ideas of non-users. – Salvatore Parise, Eoin Whelan and Steve Todd  Last week I was speaking … Continue reading Five Ways Social Media Can Inspire Creativity