Beige, snow, cats and communicating

Week 5 brought slightly less posts (19) than the first four weeks of the year (over 20 each week), but no less variety.

Sasha Taylor shared with us the plans for a new start on moving forward with the CityCamp Coventry projects in A new Year and a New Start – CityCamp Coventry and I look forward to hearing more about these through 2013. I was at the first UK CityCamp (part conference, part seminar and workshop, part hack day) in London a few years ago and was very interested in what could come out of these.

Carolyne Mitchell in her Week 5 post – Why I love my job – wrote about a conference she  live-tweeted recently where they discussed the need to change attitudes to chronic illnesses such as HIV; and where she met a graphic facilitator who was recording the proceedings in cartoons. She also shared her ‘Perfect-every-time Yorkshire Puds’ recipe.

In A Nation Built On Beige, And Stronger For It, Rough Cat shared with us her menu of beige food that apparently is traditional for this celebrating the early-in-the-year Scottish ritual of Burns Night.

Paler stuff was on other people’s minds due to recent snow. Ross Wigham returned from his blogging sabbatical to recall in Snow blower how Northumberland County Council had started to connect with people through social media during a severe winter that saw 12 foot snowdrifts in the county (and there are a couple of great snowy landscapes in his post).

Do you recognise yourself or your boss in Kate Bentham’s Snowed under? It certainly made me think about how managers signal their willingness to listen to their staff, and how much people communicate (or not) to the people above and below them in the hierarchy. I liked Phil Jewitt’s comment at the bottom.

Phil’s own post – It all starts with a ‘thing’ – started out with a tweet which led him to discover that making things in the snow enabled him to have unexpected conversations with people, and inspired him to think about how people connect.

Kenny McDonald recommended keeping in touch more regularly with people through LinkedIn in Time to blossom: branch out your social network, whilst Derek Barron considered why people might say I don’t do Twitter and it’s your fault. If you need to persuade your colleagues that social media is useful, Derek’s post could make you rethink how to do it.

How much have you thought about what personal qualities, what type of personality, your social media avatar conveys to others? Claire not only thought about it but asked people, analysed the results and shared them in #Johari’s Window – public, real-time CPD on Twitter. Claire also considered her own attitudes towards others in Checking my cissexual privilege #transdocfail as a social media discussion revealed how some healthcare professionals fail to treat some people with respect.

If everyone makes the effort to listen to others as well as to regard them with respect, perhaps many of society’s problems would be lessened? Sarah Jones emphasised the importance of listening, giving feedback and remembering that we are all citizens in the Participation Cymru post: Words from Sarah Jones on her last day as Participation Cymru Officer.

Focusing on person-centred care in the health services is important to Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing at the Scottish Government. His post on the Ayrshire Health blog – Putting patients first – emphasised the need for compassion as well as excellence.

Chris Bolton looked at a different aspect of the woman who changed nursing so radically in the 19th century in Florence Nightingale; the mother of Infographics? (btw she was also a nurse……). Her strength in changing things lay in data, and using it in a way that made sense to others.

Florence would have been in her element at last year’s CultureCode hack days. There were a greater number of women than I usually see at digital technology events, and using data creatively to convey information differently featured strongly. I finally finished a post  about this initiative that started in the North East of England last year and is already spreading: CultureCode – cultivating creative technology.

Louise Atkinson wrote about fine art in a PhD context for an’s Artists Talking series Practice as research. I remain curious about these practice-based fine art PhDs and look forward to reading more about what Louise does for hers.

Andrew Jacobs wrote about the Pace of learning this week – a short but wise piece, whilst Jo Smith considered at slightly greater length the importance of continuing to learn in If practice makes permanent should you practice something you’re already good at?

Kate Bentham had suggested writing about something we are good at, or that other people think we are good at, as the [entirely optional] theme for Week 5, and it was picked up by Karen Hart in her charming post (complete with pictures) The naming of cats.

What people are highly-practiced at doing but results in less-than-great prose was the subject of Stuart Mackintosh’s post for Week 5: Press release rules: a prestigious post…. It did make me wonder if I’ve ever been guilty of purple prose in press releases. I hope not because I have only had to do them for cultural heritage events that I found genuinely exciting or interesting.

Apologies for delay in this week’s summary. If I have missed your post, tweet us. Thank you very much to all those who have read, Liked, commented on, followed this blog (and our members’ blogs), tweeted and retweeted our posts as well as to those who have contributed posts. If you want to join in, more about how to can be found on our About page.

The [entirely optional] theme for Weeks 6 and 7 is love (of a person, cake, work, place, in the air, or however else you would like to interpret it, bearing in mind we aim to be quite Safe For Work!) since Valentine’s Day falls on the last day of Week 6 and first day of Week 7.


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 5 posts

Checking my cissexual privilege #transdocfail by Claire OT.

#Johari’s Window- public, real-time CPD on Twitter by Claire OT.

A new Year and a New Start – CityCamp Coventry by Sasha Taylor.

A Nation Built On Beige, And Stronger For It by Rough Cat.

I don’t do Twitter and it’s your fault by Derek Barron.

CultureCode – cultivating creative technology by Janet E Davis.

Snow blower by Ross Wigham.

Florence Nightingale; the mother of Infographics? (btw she was also a nurse……) by Chris Bolton.

Putting patients first by Alex Neil on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Pace of learning by Andrew Jacobs.

Time to blossom: branch out your social network by Kenny McDonald.

The naming of cats by Karen JK Hart.

If practice makes permanent should you practice something you’re already good at? by Jo Smith.

Snowed under by Kate Bentham.

Press release rules: a prestigious post… by Stuart Mackintosh.

It all starts with a ‘thing’ by Phil Jewitt.

Words from Sarah Jones on her last day as Participation Cymru Officer by Sarah Jones on Participation Cymru‘s blog.

Practice as research by Louise Atkinson.

Why I love my job by Carolyne Mitchell.

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