We team up for Really Useful Days

LocalGov Digital is pleased to confirm they will continue to collaborate with Local DirectGov (under their Local Direct name) on at least four more Really Useful Days in 2014/2015.

The first joint event was held at Devon County Council, where LocalGov Digital chair Carl Haggerty is based and last week the largest ever Really Useful Day was hosted in Newbury by the group’s vice chair Phil Rumens, who is based at West Berkshire Council.

The day saw more than 50 delegates from more than 25 councils attend and hear presentations from Phil on ‘Connecting Councils’ through collaboration and sharing as well as from Adur and Worthing, and Brighton and Hove councils had launched new websites.

As well as being a chance for face-to-face networking the day also saw practioners from across the sector working together on problem solving rather than just passively listening to others!

Blogging about the day Phil wrote: “I know I promote a digital agenda, but there’s sometimes no substitute for face-to-face collaboration and what marks a Really Useful Day apart from many events is the level of practical participation.

“People are encouraged to think and solve problems together, rather than just being talked at.”

The collaborative events, agreed at the last meeting of the LocalGov Digital steering group, will take place around the country during next year. Themes, dates and locations are yet to be confirmed. Other Local Direct events are available on their website.

If you’re looking for events a little sooner you can check the events listing for what’s on. And if you know of an event – online or off – that would be useful to digital practioners in local government leave us a comment or tweet us and include #localgovdigital.