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Updated 18th March 2020 It’s a tough time for people with uncertainty about the effect of Coronavirus and fear about jobs and potentially having to stay home. That uncertainty is exacerbated by the fact that our control over our own individual worlds seems very limited. But there are always things that we can do, actions […]

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Generative Placeholders

From https://generative-placeholders.glitch.me

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On the Skids

It is only Tuesday and already this week has seen the appointment and belated departure of someone from the centre of government whose only claims to fame seemed to be abhorrent views and membership of something called The Albert Tatlock Superguessers Club? Good riddance. But he made me think about the various ways humanity tries […]

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Transformation as Euphemism

When we talk about transformation, especially digital transformation, then most organisations do not actually mean transformation, they mean “change” and familiar change at that. Transformation will be announced with speeches and posters, there will be cascades and all staffs. The seriousness of the transformation will be marked by the appointment of someone from outside to […]

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The Rainy Day, an adventure of Roffa, the excellent dog

Roffa liked the rain, she like the way the drops fell from the sky so she could catch them on her tongue, she liked the way that the drops bounced on the pavement and the plants, she loved the smell of the world in the rain. Most of all she liked getting her fur wet. […]

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Slight Return

No sooner had I pressed [Submit] on the last blog post than this happens… My immediate response to this blog post was a sense of recognition. And not just in the sense that it reads a lot like a Hacker News comment. Stripped of the rhetoric, hyperbole, and political bias much of what is in […]

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Woefully Unprepared

The Guardian has a piece today under the headline “Civil service told it is ‘woefully unprepared’ for Cummings’ reforms“ It is based on a report in The Daily Telegraph but as there is not enough money in the world to make me read the Telegraph we will have to settle for The Guardian’s coverage. The […]

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Disclosure

January 1st, 2020 and one of the many NDAs I have been bound by has now expired. So I can tell you about one of the odder projects I have been involved in. As I have said many times, above a certain size and complexity organisations embrace mediocrity as the only way to hold themselves […]

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Elections (Accuracy and Good Order) Bill

Contents Controls on Social Media During Elections A BILL to Ensure that disinformation and deliberate attempts to subvert the democratic process at election time are not further enabled by social media networks. BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, […]

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Things Fall Apart

Today a Civil Servant resigned. That happens. It’s not unusual. I myself quit 2 years ago to save my sanity in the face of unsustainable cognitive dissonance. But it is unusual when a Civil Servant resigns stating, This raises some deep questions about the state of Civil Society in the UK. You can think of […]