Some of you know it already – the time has come for us to say good-bye to London and head home to the Baltic coast.
It’s been great, London. It’s been really very very good. So good, in fact that I didn’t want to just leave without saying thanks to as many people as humanly possible. I didn’t know how to do this, or what format I wanted to pack my good-byes into, but then the lovely Dan Slee posted about his challenge to write daily blog post. And there was my idea.
I’m doing this here, on my proper blog, because I care to get this right – too many times before have I left a place where I cared about people without really letting anyone know. And there are a lot of people I care about here. So this is both difficult and also great, because I get to talk to you all at least one more time – even if it is online.
I’ll also send the daily posts out as emails, starting from today. If you want to make sure you don’t miss one, you can subscribe to just this series of 30 mails (I promise I’ll never bother you again, unless it’s something really great) here.
That time we organised the one and, as far as I know, the only London Localgovcamp.
I didn’t really do much because Localgovcamp had already been a very popular series of unconferences, established by Dave Briggs, and because the amazing Hadley Beeman was on my team, because the sponsorship came in without much asking, thanks mainly to Ingrid Koehler, and because Oo Nwoye custom-built us lovely twitterwalls for the screens in the room at Kings Place.
Here is a photo of me explaining something to Dave Wilcox.
The localgov innovation scene is great. I got into it because I had started THAT @haringeylibrary project with my local council, and I’m so glad I became work-friends with so many of the good people in it; people who regularly give up their time to and take part in an event on a Saturday, so they can get inspired and keep changing things for the better.
If you want to read more about it, there is a detailed post here about the day with links to other people’s thoughts.