Forcing creativity

This is a topic I have covered before and is the third to come out of the amazing Thinking Digital 2019. It is something that divides opinion. Can you force creativity? In other words are there circumstances that encourage or even determine people to be creative? One of the speakers, Roger Mavity, the Creative Conjurer, … Continue reading Forcing creativity

Unfolding plans 171 – Document management

So, one of the best things about going down to the Local Government Forum in Manchester earlier this week was the drive there and back.  I know it was awful.  I said so in my blog.  We got stuck in bad traffic both on the way down as well as the drive home yet it … Continue reading Unfolding plans 171 – Document management

Unfolding plans 96 – Phil Jackman Author

I am an author.  I am a writer.  I have written a book and it has been published.  I doubt it is the best book ever to have been written and I don’t expect it to be in the best sellers list but that is not the point.  It is published and a small number … Continue reading Unfolding plans 96 – Phil Jackman Author

Unfolding plans 78 – less magpie and more moth

What are the most important things that I need to be working on? That’s what Mike asked me. It seems like an easy question but in truth can be really hard to answer.  How much of what I do is driven by circumstances and how much is in line with my own ambitions and focus?  … Continue reading Unfolding plans 78 – less magpie and more moth

Unfolding plans 71 – Thinking Digital makes your head hurt #TDC15

I’ve been at Thinking Digital today.  It started yesterday afternoon with some workshops but the main event takes place today and tomorrow.  If you have never been you should.  Once you have been you’ll want to come back again and again.  It is the must attend event of the year. So why is it such … Continue reading Unfolding plans 71 – Thinking Digital makes your head hurt #TDC15


Day eighteen of the ‘Blogging from A-Z Challenge’  and I’m straying into unknown territory.  I would not regard myself as a religious person but I have already done that bit.  I have very little knowledge of any of the religious texts yet it was a book by AJ Jacobs called ‘The year of living biblically’ … Continue reading Religion


Day sixteen of the ‘Blogging from A-Z Challenge’. There is something almost penitential about what I have been doing over the last month. Trying to work with my unusual hand has been a way of denying myself. Life has basically been too easy as a right-hander and it is time to pay the piper. I … Continue reading Penitence


Day nine of the ‘Blogging from A-Z Challenge’.   I’m now at number 990 and thinking about instinct.  How much of what we do is instinctive?  How much of what we think we think about before doing is a patterned behaviour which has been laid down across the millennia of human history?  How many of the … Continue reading Instinct

A year of work in progress – day 51

Day 51 – 19 March 2014 I’ve been asked to speak at the first Dynamo conference at the beginning of May.  Dynamo is a new group that has been set up to represent the ICT sector in the North East.  I’ll not get carried away however as I think there will be forty of us … Continue reading A year of work in progress – day 51

A year of work in progress – day 27

Day 27 – 10 February 2014 Today I was in Slough, at O2’s offices.  I’d entered a competition to win some help from The Local Government Digital Fund.  I hadn’t expected to get anywhere but got shortlisted into the last six and was asked to present my thoughts at a Dragon’s Den style event.  I … Continue reading A year of work in progress – day 27