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#trulysocial The post-truth sequel

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There’s been particular times in my life when I’ve had major boosts to my confidence that led to me going on and doing better things. The important part is I now recognise they provide the opportunity to be more creative and effective and I need to take advantage of them. I also know that probably applies to others too. Continue reading “#trulysocial The post-truth sequel”

White smoke

Analogies help explain things that are complicated; whether we overcomplicate them in the first place; possible and in some cases probable or whether they are things or processes that just aren’t easy to explain. I suppose it’s a sort of translation for the ‘man on the street’. Continue reading “White smoke”

One shade of grey

KeswickSometimes I write my thoughts down to help me work things through. Some of it I make public, some I don’t; ‘working out loud’ I think they call it these days. My writing has brought me into contact with people who encourage me to make a difference and, in turn, I hope what I write is useful for others.
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Who are you?

I recently conducted a very quick straw poll with five people who I look up to in the #localgov scene. I asked them about use of twitter names in work email signatures. All five responded within an hour. Top people, I chose well, many thanks to them.
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An apple a day

20141112_064516I would imagine most people would be able to complete the saying; ‘an apple a day – keeps the doctor away’. It’s probably the most well known public health message and possibly a real windfall for the apple marketing association too.

It works because it is memorable, uses words we all understand and explains a potential benefit of doing something. Most of us know it because it has been passed down through generations by people we trust and respect.

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Journeyman

Last month I received a clock and a lapel badge in recognition of 25 years local government service. I’ll fess up; I was just a bit proud as I was called to receive them at our staff achievement awards. And yes, it was a clock, only a small one but quite heavy, which is my standard measure of quality, mostly used when assessing cakes and puddings! Continue reading “Journeyman”

Joining up

Going to the pub in work time is not suggested as good practice in my organisation’s social media guidance which is fair enough.

The Shoulder of Mutton, as it once was, is now @inkwellArts. Inkwell is a project about developing creative skills, whatever an individual’s background or ability, as an integral part of the journey towards recovery from mental health issues. There is no beer cellar or drinks, other than coffee and tea etc.
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