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Reflections on 2012, thoughts on 2013

by on 12 December 2012

Hello everyone!

Well wasn’t that an interesting year?

We had a number of gatherings this year, including speakers from Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and the Government Digital Service in Cabinet Office. We’d like to thank everyone who came to any of our gatherings this year. We’ve learnt loads hosting them and they have been useful putting organisations in touch with each other and even allowing local people to put questions directly to organisations in an informal and non-confrontational setting that is unfortunately rarely seen in politics and local government these days.

Some of you may have noticed that, following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement of 2012, Cambridge will become one of the ‘super-connected cities‘. One of the early sessions we will look to host is what this will mean for the city and the county – especially with ongoing Connecting Cambridgeshire work. How can we help tie up the loose threads? Some of you may have heard about the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough LEP. They are one of a number of organisations we’re looking at to see if they would like to get involved and tell everyone what they are up to – and ask for feedback too.

Looking more long term, our older sisters at the London Teacamp have been keeping an eye on what we’ve been getting up to down here, and will be sending a few visitors up to meet everyone sometime in 2013, which is lovely – especially as some of the team either used to or currently live in Cambridgeshire, so are familiar with our county. 

There are also a number of interesting things developing more locally – including opportunities to help improve Cambridgeshire.Net as a portal, linking up with other organisations as they take their first steps into using social media – such as Cambridge and South Cambs VCS, and generally building a more vibrant community of people interested in public sector social media. 

Finally, there are three events in January 2013 that may interest several of you. They are also all free.

CouncillorCamp – Saturday 12 January 2013 at Facebook HQ in London

If you are an elected councillor at whatever level – Shire, district, metropolitan or parish/town, this event is for you. It would be lovely if we could get a large contingent from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough along.

UKGovCamp 2013 – Saturday 19 January 2013 at IBM’s HQ, London

There’s a blogpost about it here, and several people from Cambridgeshire have already signed up for it. Puffles will also be there too – this time as a volunteer helper! If you are really passionate about public sector social media – especially at a national level, this is the one to get to.

CommsCamp – Tuesday 26 February 2013 in Birmingham

If you work in a communications unit for the public sector (or for an organisation that delivers public services), or have a strong interest in comms and social media in the public sector, please come along to this event.

Our first Teacambs of 2013 will be on Thursday 31 January 2013 – same place as normal – 3rd floor cafe of John Lewis, Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB2 3BJ

Have a peaceful break, whichever festival you may or may not be celebrating, and see you all in the New Year!

Best wishes

Antony and Liz

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