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A hand-picked selection of posts designed to give you something to think about as the year turns. (note: this first appeared as the December 22 edition of my roughly fortnightly newsletter. Browse all editions and subscribe if you like it.) — Looking back: the 2015 list of 2015 lists Because now is the season to… » read more

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As usual, Jay Rosen captures both the essence of blogging, and how it has changed so much over the past few years, in Blogging is doing your work in public. For me it’s slightly different – this and my other blogs are where I do my thinking in public – but I guess it amounts… » read more

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This week NHSCitizen – one of the case studies I brought to my EuroPCom 2015 workshop on online communities – holds its first NHSCitizen Assembly, where the NHS Board meets citizens to ActionPlan the participants’ top 5 priorities. Time to summarise the Hangout-On-Air I had on NHSCitizen with the Democratic Society‘s Anthony Zacharzewski. NHSCitizen is… » read more

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The number and diversity of communications skills needed to implement a communications strategy never stops growing. How are you organising them? I’ve helped organise communications operations in four different organisations – three private sector agencies in EU Comms, and one EC Comms unit. Within each, human resources are each given a label – editorial, web,… » read more

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This post provides the content from my EuroPCom session on online communities, plus some takeaways and extra links. I might follow it up with a Communities 101 post, as I was surprised by how many attendees had not heard of some of the fundamental concepts. In summary Firstly, a simply incredible executive summary composed by… » read more

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It’s not every day I get a new toy to play with. [Notes: Reposted from my blog on Knowledge Hub – see disclaimer, below.] I’ve been experimenting with online communities since 2002, and thought I’d seen every useful idea already implemented. Knowledge Hub (“K-Hub”) has a lot of features common to Community of Practice platforms:… » read more

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I recently had a great live Hangout with Ezri Carlebach and Charlelie Jourdan to discuss visual communications, taking risks and creating energy in conferences. [update, 21 October: skip down to ‘Risks and Rewards’ to find out more about how the ESA’s Head of Communications managed to pull off the ‘Ambition’ campaign]. In the leadup to… » read more

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  Do people really want to have a conversation with brands, or their government? [Note: At last, a chance to bury the lede in a blog post. I started this post during my 2012-13 blogging hiatus, never finished it and then forgot clean about it. For reasons that will become clear, I’ve just rediscovered it… » read more

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“Why don’t we just build our community on Facebook?”. Some thoughts after a month playing with Knowledge Hub. [Notes: Reposted from Knowledge Hub – see disclaimer, below. Join me this Thursday in a Hangout-on-Air with Ezri Carlebach and Charlelie Jourdan on the ‘Rapido’ conference technique, visual communications and whatever else strikes our fancy] A short… » read more

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