Weeknote S1 E4 – With added Blue Whale

Where I went & who I spent time with:
This week I was back in London for the first three days of the Service Owner Programme. It was a small group of seven people representing five different areas of Government. Three people work in the same building but have never met before. It is a very varied group as far as experience is concerned, hopefully next week will be even more useful to them. One of my favourite quotes from last week was “we should be giving the responsibility to someone who is troubled by the problem” and from the same person “you’ve changed my mind completely about this way of working”. Lovely to see @antimega, @danielmac07 in Fulham, @psd @jwaterworth @Lizziew68 @twitrnick @AliceNoakes @RobLeQuesne @BevvySmith @webdoodoo @nunheadneil at GDS on Thursday, @kitterati @GlynRJones @Beatriceemilya & @sheilabennett at #OneTeamGov brekkie on Wednesday, and a bonus tube sighting of @bkamall.

What I did differently & what I learned:
I didn’t do much differently this week (Must try harder) but I am learning how to make the most of the visit to GDS’s new building, where the meeting rooms are and how to use the building for breaks etc.

Some of what I listened to, read, and shared
This post from Sam was a good one about the OneTeamGov breakfast.
More and more of what I am reading is related to complexity theory and I liked this post and the whole site of infographics.
Lots of people liked and retweeted this OneTeamGov post by Emma Charles – Why we need Introverts when I shared it on Twitter.
I enjoyed reading Infrastructure: it’s different (except when it isn’t) by Ellie.
Finally this is my favourite photo (so far) by Rico.

One more thing
So far, I have posted these weeknotes on a Friday but I was busy during the day on Friday and then we took delivery of a grandchild for the weekend and so I will include our exploits here. This weekend was the fourth annual trip to the Natural History Museum in London. We left home just before 8am to get the bus to town and then the train back down to Kings Cross just 44 hours after I left it. New for this year was M having the ability to video call her two year old brother from the train. When we got to the museum at about 12:30 we went straight into Hintze Hall to see Dippy’s replacement which is amazing (Go if you haven’t already seen it). Three and a half hours meeting (stuffed and bony) friends old and new and then we headed for Kings Cross and the traditional *gourmet meal before getting the train back. We had a lovely time but as usual were exhausted by the end of the day. Watch the Horizon programme about Dippy and the Whale on iPlayer until the beginning of September.

*Gourmet chosen by an 8 year old.

Blue Whale at the Natural History Museum

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