I attend loads of meetings but on thursday it was my pleasure to have my first meeting in a John Lewis cafe.
I had been invited to speak to a group of people, who engage regularly on twitter, on the subject of superfast broadband.
I had no idea what to expect. Urban myth was building from helpful “friends”. Tales of no communication except by twitter abounded.
The reality was I met a great bunch of thoughtful individuals who have an interest in technology and communication. I also met a stuffed dragon but I guess the less said about that the better.
We had a wide ranging discussion and even managed to talk about superfast broadband at one point. It was a good debate outside the normal constraints of politics and procedure.
Richard Taylor was a good contributor, asking some sensible and incisive questions. It was interesting to reflect on some of his questions around public money accountability and transparency. All the questions asked had been asked before, within the council, and worked through.
Question: So, why did Richard not know that?
Answer: Because we have probably not made that information available in that way publically.
Action: Put together a Q & A paper and publish it.
Sometimes it is not what we do but how we do it that is important. A great reminder.
Thanks to everyone who was at Teacambs.