20 random things from UKGovCamp #ukgc12

Spent 2 days talking gov and engagement at UKGovCamp 2012. Massively inspiring unconference with lovely, passionate people. Here’s random thoughts while I’m trying to digest and organise (and rest.)

Day 1

Why aren’t The Daves (Briggs and Coplin) traveling the globe, opening tech events as the world’s first geek comedy duo?!?

Social media ROI discussions are massively frustrating. We (social media ‘advisors’) are guilty of creating the wrong expectations in people we talk to, due to our need to *sell* social. Now that it’s mainstream, why try to squeeze 3 dimensions into a half by translating the value of social into numbers and graphs?

Social in gov with Robin Riley was great, watch it here, and find the materials here. My take-away: Digital teams should not (try to) squeeze into the role of a press team under a different label but should be facilitators of learning, conversation, deal with fears etc.

Mike (REDACTED) Bracken – I asked a question! In front of everyone!! Anyways I asked if the Gov Digital Service will be a resource, helping people build skills and lose fears. I should not call my social media skills ‘soft skills’ – too easily misunderstood.

I would like to work again please.

Lloyd Davis has some amazing abilities. Seriously, invite him for a conversation, you’ll see. He also eats raw broccoli for lunch.

Mary McKenna has a new scarf.

Puffles is great company. And his bestest friend is really quite clever and impressive.

Joining conversations that one normally wouldn’t can lead to unexpected results.

I should not compile this list while getting on the tube in the second day. (Ouch)

Day 2

Need to really try and do that project with wool in Norfolk. Always thought I should go to the south coast to feel at home and see the sea – wrong! Norfolk is closest to my home state. Would be great to spend some time there in the summer.

CARDIFF IS NOT COVENTRY. (Sorry, Nicky. I’m stupid.)

I *will* finally fulfil my dream of managing a rockstar. (that’s a secret though.)

I can bang my fist on the table and not remember it ten minutes later. (sorry Kate.)

Also, I can be knitting and still get really worked up. Imagine if I hadn’t been knitting. (the poor table.)

Hugs are still great.

Sitting in a room and having a conversation, when done right, can feel as profound as half an hour’s meditation – or more so. With knitting or without.

Social media for behavioral change. Now there’s a conundrum. For soooo many reasons.

It’s *still* nice to hear when somebody says I don’t look old enough to have a 13 year old son.

And finally: A North London brewcamp, getting locals to talk about social. I’ve been rubbish at doing real life community things since the Unlibrary ended. Feeling less bad about it, things break, and that’s normal.

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6 Responses

  1. David Pearson says:

    You’ve just reminded me that hugs – real or even verbal or virtual – were one of my personal highlights. Thanks.

  2. Tom Phillips says:

    To watch you deep in concentration in a session, and knitting at the same time was awesome. I didn’t take a photo, lest I broke the spell!

    • Anke says:

      Making things with my hands has always helped me focus and listen for longer. Lots of knitters agree, although sometimes the presenters take issue with us looking at our makings rather than at them. This wasn’t an issue here, clearly 🙂

  3. Dan Slee says:

    Brilliant. It’s always interesting seeing other people’s perspectives on a shared experience.

    Do the brewcamp thing. Do it, do it. It’s fun and it keeps an unconference flame burning for the price of a cup of coffee.

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