Developing Local Offer: The process of building a FutureGov product

Joe Julier

Last week, FutureGov shared the Local Offer project we’ve been working on with West Sussex County Council at the SE7 Digital Conference. Following the presentation, we’ve been reflecting on what had made the project a success, as the product is now live in West Sussex, Somerset and Surrey, and soon to be in Shropshire. Here,…

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Enabled by Design-athon’s #HacktheHome heads to Halifax

Ben Matthews

Last month, FutureGov and Enabled by Design joined forces with Calderdale Council in Halifax to run a one-day Enabled by Design-athon. The event, called #HacktheHome, took place at the beautiful Dean Clough Mills. Inspired by the Enabled by Design-athon approach, the #HacktheHome event helped us to: spread the word about our passion for Design for…

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Guest Post: Moldova’s innovation hub and changing the way we police

Ben Matthews

This is a guest post from Alex Oprunenco, Cristina Lisii and Alexandru Cocirta from the UNDP in Moldova, who are supporting the Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia’s innovation work by looking at how behavioural science can be applied in development. Here they describe how Service Design has been used to redesign police stations in Moldova, with a little…

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#NorthernFutures’ Open Ideas Days

Ben Matthews

This is a guest post from Krisztina Katona on behalf of the Northern Futures project, where you can share your ideas about how we can make northern cities into vibrant, innovative hubs to stoke growth across the whole region by tweeting @North_futures or via the Northern Futures app. On behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Northern Futures project, on…

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Guest post: What is the role of technology in improving social care?

Ben Matthews

Ewan King, Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), recently spoke at our Expect Better event. Here, he looks back at the conclusions he took from the event and the wider role of technology in improving social care Let’s face it: Social care isn’t the Silicon Valley. It’s not a…

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Guest Post: How technology can reconnect people with politics

Ben Matthews

FutureGov are a partner of Year Here, a postgraduate leadership programme that challenges Britain’s brightest talents to a year of tackling society’s toughest problems, where we’ve been sharing the lessons from running FutureGov over the past 6 years and our many experiences in local government before that. We’ve written about the programme before, but now Year Here fellow Rich Grahame…

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#ExpectBetter Lightning Talks: Mary McKenna, James Governor and Steve Hitchins

Ben Matthews

Expect Better is taking place today, FutureGov’s event looking at the future of social care and technology. You can follow the event on Twitter using #ExpectBetter, but we’ll also be covering the event on the FutureGov blog. We had a series of lightning talks (short, sharp presentations) from 3 excellent guest speakers: Mary McKenna (Trustee…

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#ExpectBetter: Dominic Campbell and Carrie Bishop, Directors, FutureGov

Ben Matthews

Expect Better is taking place today, FutureGov’s event looking at the future of social care and technology. You can follow the event on Twitter using #ExpectBetter, but we’ll also be covering the event on the FutureGov blog. Dominic Campbell and Carrie Bishop, Directors at FutureGov, spoke about their views at the future of social care and…

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#ExpectBetter: Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI

Ben Matthews

Expect Better is taking place today, FutureGov’s event looking at the future of social care and technology. You can follow the event on Twitter using #ExpectBetter, but we’ll also be covering the event on the FutureGov blog. Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI, kicked off proceedings with a look at social care and digital…

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FutureGov Thursdays: Innovation Labs – Design as a catalyst for change

Ben Matthews

Join us on 2 October for the second of our new monthly meetups: FutureGov Thursdays. Register now! FutureGov have been hosting internal events with guest speakers for a while now. With themes ranging from Accessibility (Joshua Marshall, Government Digital Service) to Behavioural Economics (Warren Hatter, The Ripple Effect), we’ve had the privilege of hosting some…

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