Doodling and learning, briefs and bags

Chicks on Easter Sunday 2013 by Janet E Davis

Chicks on Easter Sunday 2013 by Janet E Davis

Week 13 summary happened to fall within the Easter weekend, so Happy Easter to all of you! Or Happy Spring Day or whatever for those who would rather not be wished a Happy Easter. One of the chicks in the snapshot above had not yet dried out, it was so recently hatched. A cockerel that might be the father of one or more of these chicks happened to be the subject of my own post this week, about the latest linocut that I am working on in a series of prints of animals at our local urban (or community) farm: Cockerel I. I have wondered about developing my Ouseburn animals series into a hand-printed artist book. Artist and PhD student Louise Atkinson wrote about doing the online promotion of the 16th International Contemporary Artist Book Fair, and a project about putting such art into places where people would not normally expect to encounter art: Practice as research [Week 25].

Karen Hart wrote about a piece of public art in a Swedish town this week in A life not lived, and revealed a very fascinating and extraordinary personal history connected with the sculpture. If I had to choose just three posts to read this week, this would be one of them. Another of my three must-read posts this week would be Peter Olding’s Dorset Enterprises, a post about a creative company, set up in 1914 to employ disabled former soldiers, which had produced high quality wooden objects, such as toys, luggage stands and deckchairs.

Samuel-James Wilson has been unable to exercise his creative craftsmanship for a couple of weeks due to overdoing things during his first week back after his year of studying and being on placements. He wrote about what he has been doing in the meantime in Fireplace and Interviews.

The creative theme was continued by Lorna Prescott as considered Subtle differences: how to identify creative collaborative activity in her post, giving as examples two pot luck dinners with differing approaches. Carolyne Mitchell’s recipe for creamy chicken and mushroom lasagne at the end of her post, Learn, learn and learn again, would be a great dish for a pot luck dinner. This was just the yummy extra on the end of a post that focused on learning as she starts a new, third, MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and discovered that people at work can learn some new things from her.

Another regular Weekly Blog Club contributor, Louise Brown, is also doing a course at present, and this week she reached the point at which she had to start writing for it. Like most of us, she slipped into displacement activity but managed to blog The dreaded first assignment, which was almost what she should have been doing (my displacement activity tends to be washing up or tidying).

Louise’s other post for Week 13 – Doodle for charities – was a useful one from which other people could learn about how to use a really useful web app to help them arrange meetings.

Ross Wigham was thinking about The changing way we get online (and what it means for public services) this week because the growth in use of mobiles and tables is faster than many would have thought just a few years ago. Kate Bentham considered use of mobiles in a very different way in No money? No food? No Problem, Go online as a young man was helped through being able to contact those in the council who could help him via text messages, rather than having to ring them or email them. This is a really important point as many assume that everyone can contact them easily via mobile phones or computer.

Kate’s very people-focused approach was echoed in a very different context by Chris Bolton in ‘People buy from People’. A lesson for knowledge workers from Deenna Boutique and Neath Music. I loved Neath Music’s ‘Local Stars playing reasonably priced guitars’ video to the extent that I felt an urge suddenly to buy an electric guitar.

People-centred approaches could have been a theme this week. Laura Graham, a first-time contributor to Weekly Blog Club on the new Dumfries and Galloway Health blog, focused on communication – briefing and debriefing and knowing colleagues in order to improve things for patients in Never Underestimate the Importance of Briefs for Patient Safety. Gina Alexander returned to Ayrshire Health’s blog to write about compassionate care of patients, and quotes her mother in The Golden Rule.

Treating people with respect is at the heart of a good society. Dyfrig Williams wrote about the need in Wales for organisations and government to respect people’s preference to speak in their native language in Using Welsh language social media to engage in the public sector and the importance of writing in everyday Welsh when communicating through social media.

Phil Jewitt thought about the delicate line between a critical friend and a negative critic as he thought about people communicating and agreeing an ambition in his post Ambition for better. What are your least favourite buzzwords? Another first-time contributor, Joseph Conaghan, wrote about language that creates a barrier rather than enhancing communication is his post: Low Hanging Fruit A Guide To Buzzword Bingo.

Mark Braggins revealed what communication devices and other essential equipment he keeps in his bag in Working away from home – what’s in your bag? Part 7, a guest blog on judyheminsley‘s website.

Our sporting correspondent, Hannah Chia, was supporting away from home in her post – ARFU West Asia Final: A Fan’s Perspective – this week as she and the other Dragons’ supporters accompanied them on the bus to the match.

The final post of the 20 contributions we had this week, and the third that I would recommend as a must-read, is Mark Braggins’s second post of the week Why on earth sponsor an Unconference? It is an interesting post on what sponsors could get out of supporting an unconference. The effect is not always immediately obvious at or after an unconference. Mark is currently turning his mind to sponsorship of the BlueLightCamp. You do not need a fortune to be a sponsor. If I had a small business and it were relevant, I would certainly consider sponsoring tea and cake in the afternoon at BlueLightCamp. Do read Mark’s post. BlueLightCamp sounded good last time, and this time it will be even better, not least because people will get together to make helpful prototype digital things as well.

If you think you’d like to volunteer as a guest curator, all you need to know is here. Thank you very much to all those who have read, Liked, commented on, followed this blog (we reached 200 followers this week), tweeted and retweeted our posts – as well as to those who have contributed posts. If you want to join in and contribute posts yourself, more about how to can be found on our About page.

As I wrote last week, the Week 14 [entirely optional] theme could be a public statue or sculpture in your locality; or Easter; or the Songs of Me challenge (the Songs of Me Part 1 explains the initial challenge if you did not do it last year, and The Songs of Me Part 2 has the 2nd part of the challenge).

The lovely Kate Bentham will be looking after Weekly Blog Club this week. I know she will do a great job of looking after you.

Over to Kate…


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 13 posts

Fireplace and Interviews by Samuel-James Wilson.

The changing way we get online (and what it means for public services) by Ross Wigham.

ARFU West Asia Final: A Fan’s Perspective by Hannah Chia aka @SportingWag.

No money? No food? No Problem, Go online by Kate Bentham.

‘People buy from People’. A lesson for knowledge workers from Deenna Boutique and Neath Music by Chris Bolton.

The Golden Rule  by Gina A Alexander on Ayrshire Health blog.

Subtle differences: how to identify creative collaborative activity by Lorna Prescott.

Ambition for better by Phil Jewitt.

Using Welsh language social media to engage in the public sector by Dyfrig Williams of Participation Cymru.

Practice as research [Week 25] by Louise Atkinson.

Doodle for charities by Louise Brown.

The dreaded first assignment by Louise Brown.

Learn, learn and learn again by Carolyne Mitchell.

Working away from home – what’s in your bag? Part 7 by Mark Braggins as guest writer on @judyheminsley‘s website How to work from home.

Dorset Enterprises by Peter Olding.

Low Hanging Fruit A Guide To Buzzword Bingo by Joseph Conaghan.

Cockerel I by Janet E Davis.

Never Underestimate the Importance of Briefs for Patient Safety by Laura Graham on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog.

A life not lived by Karen JK Hart.

Why on earth sponsor an Unconference? by Mark Braggins.

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Weekly Blog Club was set up in early January 2012 to encourage people to blog regularly, and especially to encourage those working in and with the public sector, charities and voluntary organisations in the UK to find their own 'voice' through writing.

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