Communities in the Public Sector

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Picking up on the issues surrounding the various ‘knowledge sharing’ initiatives across the public sector – as recently aired by the article in Public Sector Forums. Far from there being any power struggle amongst the various protagonists (IDeA, esd-toolkit, DCLG/Leeds City Council, Gov eXchange), I would judge the recently launched Communities web site developed by the IDeA as the clear winner. From initial specification to live launch took 5 months, and cost significantly less than the (alleged) investment of over £1million pounds for the TALK>> initiative sponsored by the ODPM (now the DCLG). Strangely this appears to have disappeared from view at the previously known location and has been ‘TALKED >>’ about for over 12 months with nothing yet delivered!

The IDeA communties initiative is functionally rich with various social networking tools (Messaging, Blogs, Wikis, People Finder) as well as providing a Knowledge Repostiry in the form of a document library for members of the community. Take-up is relatively slow at present, though this is more a case of  people not knowing it’s there than a reluctance to use it. Remember…you heard it here first! 

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Stephen Dale

I’m a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about life. I love travel, good food, and good company. I’m happy to share what I know with others….even the interesting stuff! My outlook on life is pretty well captured in this quote from a book about the legend of King Arthur: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King So much to learn, so little time!
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