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Open these: links for open policy makers (week 5)

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Welcome to Open these, a regular post dedicated to the blogs, reports and discussions from the week we think open policy practitioners will enjoy. Leave the authors a comment or join the conversation on Twitter! #openpolicy


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Videos from the MaRS Global Lab gathering in Toronto last month, featuring our own Andrea Siodmok!

On Monday Martin Donnelly spoke at the Institute for Government on the policy role of a politically neutral civil service. Martin is Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Helen Reynolds on three ways for leaders to get more from social media.

Nick Marsh writes in the Guardian about how people adapt services incrementally over time: are you a silent designer? (This is a 2010 blast from the past - hat-tip @SmartPublicUK)

Also in the category of 'well, it was new to me': the Google design manual.

Russell Davies says that public service users aren't customers, and that means public servants can't pivot. Stefan Czerniawski responds on perfect solutions and why we started talking about customers in the first place.

Alan Klement talks about the ethnographic technique of personas – and whether we should be talking about ‘characters’ instead.

Lior Smith rounds up places for social and service designers to meet.

Jill Rutter on whether open policy making is instrumental or procedural.

The Department for Work and Pensions is delivering digitally: check out the blog.

Tobias Forbes of AgileConnection on prioritising in an agile project environment.

Joss Bailey from the Mapping Social Design project on teaching social design.

From Armen Ghazarian at Web Design Views, a step-by-step guide to user journey mapping.


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Dates for your diary

OPM will be at the Social Design Futures project presentation of findings at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Wednesday 9 July 4:30pm-6:00pm - come and say hi!

On Friday 11 July 12:00pm to 2:00pm the Guardian is hosting a live chat about digital skills in the civil service.



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