Author: Delib Team

Introducing our new Content Editor: Dani Topaz

As Delib continues to grow, we are delighted to welcome new staff into the fold. We caught up with our newest recruit and talked about some of the most important issues of the digital age – i.e. biscuits.

1. What’s your name and where are you from?

Hello! My name is Dani. I was born in Kent but was lucky enough to live on the West coast (aka the Best Coast) of Canada for nearly 10 years before moving back to the UK to come to uni here. I lived in Canterbury and Southampton before settling in Bristol.

2. Favourite band and/or artist?

Honestly, it depends on the day. Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks and Pink Floyd are enduring favourites. Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and Lianne La Havas have been on heavy rotation this month, and Yes Sir Boss are one of my favourite Bristol bands.

3. Creature of habit or maverick thinker?

Definitely a maverick thinker; my brain is usually whizzing in a thousand directions at once! I find it quite hard to naturally get into habits, so it’s a conscious decision most of the time. Left to my own devices I think I’d probably end up a weird nocturnal creature with no discernible routine. However, much as I like the idea of it, I find it really hard to be spontaneous – I need to have at least a bit of a plan or I’ll panic.

4. You (and, for the sake of keeping it interesting, any spouses/partners/kids/significant others) get mysteriously transported to a desert island, with only time to grab a couple of precious things to take with you. What makes the ‘keep’ list?

Probably a lifetime’s supply of toffee popcorn, my sketchbook, and my bed. I will be comfortable on my desert island, thank you.

5. Biscuits – dunk or leave unsullied?

Dunk – but only in tea, and only for a second. There’s nothing worse than your biscuit breaking and falling in your tea. Do you carry on drinking it, knowing that at any moment you might get a mouthful of grainy mush? Or do you admit defeat and pour your cuppa down the sink? Either option is a terrible time.

6. Before joining Delib, how did you put bread on the table?

I’ve done loads of wildly different jobs – probably most notable are my time at Bristol City Council and working in the film & TV industry.

7. Why did you want to join Delib?

For quite some time, and up until very recently, I had been pushing in a totally different direction career-wise. I had convinced myself that it was my only option, but in doing so lost sight of what actually made me feel happy and fulfilled. I finally made the decision to change tracks last summer (which was terrifying, because I didn’t have much of a plan and, as mentioned above, that is not a situation I enjoy) and made sure I was strict with myself about the kind of work I put myself forward for: I wanted to be part of a company that did work I was passionate about and that would allow me to use my skills creatively. Delib absolutely ticks both of those boxes; I completely believe in what the company sets out to achieve and I’m excited to have found a role in which I can write for a living. It took a few months of temp jobs and existential panic, but here I am. Also, there’s good coffee, which is a huge bonus.

8. Any shout outs, comments or other musings?

Shout out to all the Delib staff who have been super lovely and welcoming in my first week. Also – shout out to my boyfriend who has had to console me through a lot of CV-related tantrums in the last few months. He is very patient.

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Delib Goes to the Festival of the Future City

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a couple of events at ‘The Festival of The Future City’. Future Cities Catapult (FCC) collaborated with Bristol Festival of Ideas to showcase ‘the best in advanced urban services’ and innovations that are having a positive effect on our city health, infrastructure and overall wellbeing.

The workshops and sessions were spread out over three days, with everything from ‘What we can learn from cities of the past’ to ‘Playable Cities’ of the future. I personally attended ‘The Future of Metro Revolution’ with my lovely co-worker Ludwig on Wednesday and ‘Using Research for City Futures’, part of a three-piece series on Thursday morning. Members of Delib staff also visited a range of other sessions.

The Future of Metro Revolution had a thought-provoking line up of speakers, including Tim Bowles (Metro Mayor for The West of England Combined Authority), Marvin Rees (Bristol City Mayor), Peter Kurz (Mayor of Mannheim), and Alaina Harkness (Brookings Institution, Chicago).

The panel discussion – Simon Cooper (panel chair), Tom Bowles, Marvin Rees, Alaina Harkness and Peter Kurz

The session was focused on how the six new combined authorities across the UK have affected local government, what powers they have, and what the future brings. It was great to see our local mayors (city and regional) joined on a panel with views from two such different countries, and therefore hear a little about how local gov differentiates across the western world.

Peter Kurz, a German Lawyer and Politician, has been Mayor of Mannheim since 2007. He kicked things off in the session by explaining how the structure of local government in Germany, the 16 states and the form of the municipal council work. We learnt how cities split tasks into tiers, of voluntary – mandatory, and how this meant “more staff are directly connected to the client(citizens)”. We were informed about German cities currently lobbying for their rights within states, but also within Europe, Post-Brexit, with Kurz stating how important it is to use the powerful language of self-rights, especially within cities.

“Strengthening cities is a way to a better world” – Peter Kurz

Memorable quotes from discussion

The reason I chose to attend this session originally was to find out more about our new combined authority mayor and how can two opposing parties work together in a harmonious manner. Bowles introduced himself as ‘regional mayor’, adamant “regional mayors are networking together to create a stronger voice”. The role of the combined authority is to continue bringing growth for the local and national economy, Bowles expounding an interest in developing our education system.

It was great to see Marvin and Tim discussing how we can capture collective voices in cities, how behind every successful city there’s people dedicated to the task of networked leadership, and how different authority’s interdependence is important for the country to run auspiciously. Sat next to us we had a very talented illustrator capturing the moments, (link to her Twitter here).

Marvin explained how the focus on the strength of cities is not currently high on the agenda in UK Government, and this must change, with core cities collaborating to create a stronger United Kingdom.  Essentially, we must keep strengthening our communications between leaders and citizens if we want a robust nation. I got some (quality footage) of the final moments in the discussion, take a listen here.

On Thursday I attended “Using research for future cities”, led by Rachel Cooper (Imagination Lancaster), Geoff Mulgan (Nesta) and James Brooks (National League of Cities). The session explored interdisciplinary approaches to liveable cities, innovation and using data in cities. James Brooks taught us how in America, they’re currently trying to solve the opioid epidemic, with the help of collective data and partnership, after President Donald Trump announced his intention to declare a state of emergency in response to the ongoing crisis in August this year.

Opioid Epidemic data map USA

Using quantitative data displayed through maps, means that those viewing it can easily see any correlation in themes and cross reference the figures to help target help for this health crisis.  This lead on to further discussions from the rest of the speakers, Geoff Mulgan from Nesta, focusing on the means of collecting said data for cities for example, Digital Democracy.

It was great for Delib to get a chance to attend an event surrounded with citizens passionate about their city, as well as ‘experts’, but as Geoff Mulgan said, “we’re all experts in something”, and we must keep communicating and collaborating to see the changes we want in our cities, and consequently a better world. If you want to find out more about what we learnt at the festival, let us know on Twitter

Megan Tonner – Consultant at Delib

Top UK #localgov jobs – July 2017

It’s time for the monthly round-up of great digital, strategic and engagement jobs from the UK local government sector. Here are our top picks for the month of July.

Deputy Director, Regional Transport Strategies
Department for Transport: London
Closing date: 10/07/17

Community Engagement Officer
Woking Borough Council
Closing date: 10/07/17

Volunteer Coordinator
Surrey County Council
Closing date: 17/07/17

Assistant Planner (Planning Policy)
South Bucks District Council
Closing date: 23/07/17

Voluntary Sector Network Coordinator (Children & Young People)
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Closing date: 07/07/17

Environmental Health Officer/Senior Technical Officer
Reading Borough Council
Closing date: 09/07/17

Head of Information and Communications Technology
London Borough of Hillingdon
Closing date: 17/07/17

Planning Officer
Hastings Borough Council
Closing date: 10/07/17

Head of Operations – Regeneration, Planning and Housing Directorate
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Closing date: 24/07/17

Planning Policy Officer
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Closing date: 16/07/17

Top UK #localgov jobs – May 2017

It’s time for the monthly round-up of great digital, strategic and engagement jobs from the UK local government sector. Take a look at our picks for May.

Head of Technology Services
Horsham District Council
Closing date: 22/05/2017 12:00 PM

Transport Planning Officer
Brighton & Hove City Council
Closing date: 22/05/2017

Parks Community Engagement Officer
Enable Leisure & Culture
Closing date: 14/05/2017

Assistant Communications and Policy Officer
Oxford City Council
Closing date: 21/05/2017

Part Time Community Engagement Officer (24 hours per week)
Castle Point Borough Council
Closing date: 16/05/2017

Planning Officer
Milton Keynes Council
Closing date: 26/05/2017

Planning Officer
Waverley Borough Council
Closing date: 22/05/2017

Prevent Community Engagement Development Officer
Westminster City Council
Closing date: 18/05/2017

Communications co-ordinator
One-Eighty Children’s Charity
Closing date: 17/05/2017

 

 

Top Australia and New Zealand public sector jobs this April (2017)

Each month, we round up some great digital, strategic and engagement/communications jobs going in the Australian and New Zealand public sectors. Here’s our April 2017 collection – if any of them look tempting, click through to find out more…

Community Participation Coordinator
Port Macquarie Hastings Council
Closing date: 23rd April 2017

Communications Officer
Closing date: 17th April 2017 

Public Contact Officer
Commonwealth Ombudsman
Closing date: 30th June 2017 

Senior Hearings Advisor
Auckland Council
Closing date: 23rd April 2017

Head of Public Engagement / Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki
Auckland Council
Closing date: 30th April 2017 

Top UK #localgov jobs – April 2017

It’s time for the monthly round-up of great digital, strategic and engagement jobs from the UK local government sector. Take a look at our picks for April.

Consultant
NPC London
Closing date: 25 April 2017

Communications Manager
KANTAR London
Closing date: 15 April 2017

Senior Officer
Cotswold district council
Closing date: 27 April 2017

Leisure and Community Officer
Fareham Borough Council
Closing date: 7 April 2017

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist
Black & Veatch
Closing date:  N/A

Kent Planning Officer
Natural England
Closing date: 14 April 2017

User Researcher (Government Department)
City of London
Closing date: 30 April 2017