Archive for the “Democracy and engagement” category

Digital is political

by Stefan Czerniawski on 12 March 2014

Governments govern. Oppositions oppose – or, more positively, present an alternative set of policies based on an alternative political perspective. Political initiatives taken by one government will be looked at critically by its potential successors, for the obvious reason that (…)

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The phoenix and the constitution

by Stefan Czerniawski on 7 March 2013

It is hard to change constitutions – deliberately so.  It is hard to re-engineer physical infrastructure – intrinsically so.  It is hard to stop and start again from scratch. Every decision and every context in which those decisions are made (…)

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If you want to change the system, you have to change the system

by Stefan Czerniawski on 21 June 2012

If you want to change a system, you have to understand the system you want to change. If you want to reform the civil service, you have to understand why it is the way it is. Part of that is (…)

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Should the long tail wag the dog?

by Stefan Czerniawski on 2 December 2011

The burial of human remains at sea requires a marine licence. That must be one of the more arresting first lines of any government web page. Its combination of human tragedy and bureaucratic process packs a lot into eleven words. You (…)

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Civility in service

by Stefan Czerniawski on 7 June 2011

It really is quite simple. If you wouldn’t have said it before there were social media, don’t say it now just because there are. If you work for an organisation, don’t be rude about its leaders, products or policies in (…)

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On being private in public

by Stefan Czerniawski on 11 February 2011

From the random juxtaposition of things in a feed reader come two posts, one human and passionate, the other dry and analytical, each illuminating the other. Here first is Julian Sanchez writing about The Trouble With “Balance” Metaphors: Legal scholar (…)

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Complaints choirs – the album

by Stefan Czerniawski on 26 November 2010

This is a great day for everybody who has been on tenterhooks for the last four years after watching the Helsinki Complaints Choir in action. I have just discovered that a dvd plus no fewer than three cds of complaints choirs from (…)

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Social and civil – Public Strategist reaches 500

by Stefan Czerniawski on 18 November 2010

Users of social media are in a difficult middle ground in which social norms have not yet fully formed. Interactions are often conversational and immediate, informal and spontaneous. But they are also recorded, broadcast and archived and can be received far away in time, space and – critically – context from the place where they were transmitted.

Getting social with media

by Stefan Czerniawski on 13 November 2010

Three years ago, Owen Barder was the subject of an attack by the Daily Mail for his blog. It caught my attention partly because I knew Owen slightly and admired what I knew and partly because as a then much (…)

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What if bears had indoor plumbing?

by Stefan Czerniawski on 22 September 2010

The pope is a catholic, it goes without saying. But perhaps it would be better if sometimes he were not. When papal elections come round, there is always a little comment in the press coverage to the effect that the (…)

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