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Increasing Cambridgeshire’s (and East Anglia’s) public sector digital footprint

by on 5 November 2012

Summary

Getting a delegation together for CommsCamp 2013

Having been to a number of social and digital media gatherings involving the public sector over the past 18 months, one of the things that has struck me is the lack of presence from organisations based in Cambridgeshire and East Anglia in general. Amongst other things, this means that the rest of the country could well be leaving us East Anglians behind. Hence wanting to change this.

My first large-scale gathering was UKGovCamp 2011 during my civil service days. I was delighted! Surrounded by over 100 people who worked in and around the public sector who also understood and were advocates for digital and social media. “Why isn’t my entire department like this?” I thought to myself. Chances are there are a few of you in your organisations that are feeling similar. You can see the potential difference that social and digital media can make to your job, your organisation and to public service delivery in general…but not everyone else can. Imagine then, spending a day surrounded by some of the brightest, most passionate and most innovative of minds in social and digital media where everyone has a focus on what you do in the public sector. Imagine:

  • being at an event where people choose to be there, rather than who are attending because they were sent there or because they feel their job title requires them to be there
  • being at an event where grades, organisations and job titles don’t matter, but where your energy, ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm do
  • being surrounded by people who might be dealing with similar challenges that you face – and may have successfully have overcome them too
  • being able to say: “Yeah, I came along with the dragon fairy” and not being thought of as a complete weirdo as a result!

OK, so you can ignore the last one.

What we would like to do is to get a group of us from East Anglia to head up to Birmingham (as Puffles is pictured doing for the last such gathering earlier this year). I’d also like to have a follow-up/wash-up session at Teacambs two days later on Thursday 28 February in the late afternoon in Cambridge. 

If you have any questions about CommsCamp in Birmingham, please contact Ann or Dan using the details here. Over the next couple of weeks I plan to chase up a number of organisations in Cambridgeshire and beyond to drum up interest.

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Puffles en route to Birmingham for #LocalGovCamp in early 2012.

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