It’s Friday, which means it’s high time we rounded up some consultations!
Author: Keri O'Donoghue (Page 1 of 3)
On Friday 18th January, some of the Delib team headed to sunny London for our first user group of the year, held at Southwark Council’s office, a stone’s throw away from the Thames. A brilliant location set the tone for a brilliant day with lots of our lovely customers coming along to chat about their online consultations.
Happy Friday! This week has been a busy one and we’ve got our first user group of the year today in London, bringing people together to chat about their excellent online consultation efforts. While that’s happening, let’s check out some from the Delib Aggregator that we’ve been keeping our eyes on this week.
Hackney Council are becoming renowned for their digital efforts; from winning best council of the past 20 years at the 2016 LGC Awards, to launching their online blog in 2017, the council has been experiencing great digital transformation. As part of that, they have been using Citizen Space for a number of years to run their online consultations. I recently got to chat with Florence Obinna, Consultation Manager, about how Citizen Space has helped them to reach more people and increase efficiency in their work…
In the words of the Grinch, “tomorrow’s Christmas, it’s practically here!” Ok, not strictly true. But today is the last day in the office for most of the Delib team (don’t worry, we’ll still be on hand for Christmas Eve and the days in between Christmas and New Year when no one knows what day it is or when they last had a meal that didn’t involve cheese). It’s been a busy old 2018 with thousands of consultations run on Citizen Space. We thought now would be a good time to round up a few things that have happened this year so without much further ado…
It’s been a little while but we’ve decided to bring back our Friday consultation round-ups to share the excellent work our customers are doing (call it a Christmas present from us to you). The Citizen Space Aggregator is a hotbed of brilliant consultation activity and here are a few gems that we’ve been looking at this week.
A civil servant for 6 years, Andrew Greenway has worked in a lot of different areas of government, most notably at the Government Digital Service (GDS) in its early days. He’s now a partner at Public Digital, a small consultancy which helps governments and large companies with digital transformation and adapting to the internet era.
The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have been using Citizen Space for a number of years, consulting on a range of issues from low-carbon electricity generation, to modern working practices, to ensuring restaurant and hospitality workers receive their fair share of tips.
After the success of taking the Practical Democracy Project around the UK and to New Zealand, we decided it was about time we took it to our neighbours across the Irish sea. Some of the Delib team descended on the very cool Tara Building in Dublin on October 24th for an evening event of democracy-related chat, drinks from Hopfully Brewing and donuts from Offbeat.
I recently had the pleasure of heading to the big smoke to interview the lovely Neil Williams to bring back our Digital Heroes series. He’s just left GDS after 7 years and will soon be starting his new role as Chief Digital Officer at Croydon Council. We sat down for a coffee (in the very swanky GDS offices in Aldgate East) and had a chat about all the cool things he’s worked on in the past 7 years, and all the good stuff to come in Croydon.
Last week, some of the Delib team headed to Bangor, Northern Ireland to host the second UK Delib User Group of 2018. Held in the very beautiful Bangor Town Hall, home of Ards and North Down Borough Council, it was a chance to get some of our Irish and Northern Irish customers together to chat about the work they’re doing around consultation.
As Delib continues to grow, we’re delighted to welcome new people to the team. Our newest recruit is Joel, joining our UK office after a stint of travelling the world. We caught up with him in his first week about all those important topics: music, biscuits and his desert island picks.