Stop the Social Media Arms Race in School

This week I have mostly been a field ethnographer.  Basically I have been talking to my kids and finding out what they do with social media in school. This came about from Mondays post about the use of mobile phones in schools. I also read a post by William Stites about why we need social […]

Can mobile phones help learning in schools?

At the beginning of the academic year I had to sign up to my kid’s school (anti) mobile phone policy. Effectively it banned the use of mobile devices during school hours. The reason was to combat things like cyber bullying and other types of misuse. Worthwhile objectives, but I’m not sure how enforceable it is. I remember the […]

Bernie the Sheep, social marketing tackling social problems

Here’s an example of how social marketing and social media are being used innovatively to deliver better public services in Wales.  I really would have liked to have found something other than a sheep story (they tend to reinforce stereotypes). But with about 9 million sheep, we are the most important sheep rearing area in […]

Going Viral……… Love Padlocks in Florence

This not just a bit of whimsy, although a number of people I’ve mentioned this to have completely bypassed the really interesting viral element and gone straight to “aah.. isn’t that romantic”……….. I suppose it is, but not the point here. On a recent trip to Florence (Firenze) my travelling companion and I were pondering how […]

Kaizen! Toast v Beer………$500 update!

If you’ve read Kaizen! Toast v Beer, Who Wins? you’ll get what this is all about. Here’s an opportunity for fame and fortune for anyone with; a decent video camera, some willing buddies and a love of Kaizen (plus toast, but I don’t think that’s compulsory). The Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (Massachusetts, not Lincolnshire), originators […]

“go to where the people are”

38 degrees – the angle beyond which an avalanche can happen. Clever!           This follows the last post about why lots of public sector people don’t use social media for work. From the comments you’ll see there are exceptions, with people like Helen Reynolds and her Yammer group moving things forward. Keep up the good work! […]

Why don’t we use social media at work?

Over the past eighteen months or so I’ve seen a couple of social media and Web 2.0 evangelists trying to engage public sector workers in the world of social media.  It usually runs along the lines of…. “Hey people put your hands in the air if you have:  a Twitter account?; a blog?; are on LinkedIn?; are part […]