Working in the open helps you to share the culture and purpose of your workplace, helping you to build relationships with colleagues and partners, find opportunities to innovate, and attract new talent.

Sharing work in the open also helps to empower your employees, giving them an opportunity to be heard and promoting diverse voices. Through sharing learning and building contacts your employees can go further, learn faster and move more quickly.

Delivering a sketchnoting workshop, 2018 with a colleague from Scottish Government, Kim McLaren.

So what does working in the open mean for your organisation? In a tailored workshop, delivered either in-person or online, we can explore some of the barriers to this way of working, and consider some of the many ways you can incorporate open working into your organisation.

Weeknotes and blogging

Want to introduce your teams to blogging or weeknoting? In this workshop we will seek to understand what prevents some of us from sharing our work, looking at diversity and inclusion, confidence and fear.

This workshop will get your teams writing, helping them to surface diverse or divergent ideas within your organisation. The session will will also cover platforms, getting started with writing and some working principles.

This session works well in conjunction with The Tiger Who Came to Tea workshop.

Talking weeknotes with 30 people at UK Gov Camp

Storytelling for public sector digital transformation

Delivered in person or online this session can be tailored to suit a number of organisational objectives from helping your team to identify the right problems to solve, to working together, or simply to encourage a culture of storytelling. It’s informal, it’s accessible, and most of all it’s fun!

Participants will also receive their own Tiger mission patch that they can use to show how they’ve participated.

Tiger mission patch

This can be delivered either as a 30 minute talk or a 1-2 hour workshop with participants crafting their own stories along the way. I can train your staff in how to deliver the session so that you can run it over and over again.

First delivered at UKGovCamp in January 2020 to approximately 20 attendees, this interactive workshop helped participants to understand the value and simplicity of storytelling and how it can be used to share knowledge in dispersed organisations.

Also presented to:

  • 150 attendees at UX Bristol in July 2020
  • 50 people as part of Dorset Council’s Festival of the Future, part of Digital Leaders Week in October 2020.
  • Around 10 people as part of the Government Digital Service ‘Muslims at GDS community’
  • Around 20 people within Defra’s Future Farming programme.

You can watch this workshop below.

How to tell stories so the world listens, Festival of the Future

A related talk was also given at Service Design in Government conference in Edinburgh in March 2020. Pass on the Spark: Spreading the Story of your Project​ brought together Rahma Mohammed, Service Designer at Hackney Council, Katy Armstrong, Head of Digital Delivery and Hattie Kennedy Assurance Manager at MHCLG to offer a range of perspectives on storytelling within the public sector.

All of this work has been written and published in the open.

Sketchnoting workshops

Learn the basics of sketch noting, a visual notetaking strategy that helps you to share learnings, think creatively, and learn love imperfection, iteration and experimentation.

Sketch noting mean learning can be shared quickly and in an engaging way, building connections within your organisation and beyond. In this session you’ll learn practical skills that will start you off with practical sketch noting.

Something else you need?

See something here you’d like to know more about? Want me to speak at your upcoming event? Or commission a trained facilitator to support conferences/unconferences and more?

Just get in touch.

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