When I was six, I would come home from school with fingernail scratches across my face. At thirteen, stones would be thrown at me and my friends in the school playground. …


It’s been 5ish weeks since my last pint, the day we were all told to stop going to pubs, but they’d still be open. I was seeing a friend who’s coping mechanism is to assume everything will be fine. …


It’s a good job I didn’t call these weeknotes, seeing as it has somehow been almost a year since my last one.

I’ve had a cold this week, and the weather has been miserable, so I’ve barely left the house. Luckily it’s post autumnal equinox, so I had already set…


This post was written by Richard Pope and James Darling

10 years ago today was the first ‘National Hack The Government Day’, the first of a few Rewired State and Young Rewired State hackdays. We’ve reprinted some posters for those who would like one, but first, some reflection:

Hackdays had…


No big developments this week, but lots of nice things.

Local Welcome

I spent a very nice afternoon at the Local Welcome offices on Friday doing some very high-level planning. …


3 weeks later, note number 2. On it.

I’ve been really enjoying being back in London. Travelling about this year has been great, but as always it also reminds me how much I love London. …


Encouraged/bullied by Tom, and with a lack of other constructive things to do with my life at the moment, I’m going to try and post a bit more on the internet, seeing as I’ve pretty much given up on Twitter. Let’s try longer form again.

Burning Man

I’m having fun. Look at my hat.

I’ve just got back from…


We wrote in our previous blog post about how we arrived at cooking as our ‘puzzle’ for attendees to do. But why are we so enthusiastic about potato rostis?

You can’t crack an egg slowly

We’ve tried various recipes at different events over the last few months. …


The title of this article is a phrase I’ve been saying in my professional life for quite some years now, and it feels like it’s become more relevant as time has gone on. …


This is the story of why cooking is such an important part of Local Welcome. It’s about making mistakes, setting expectations, and making it easy for people to chat.

Finding a reason to get together

Local Welcome is based on the idea that social connections on a really small scale are the first steps to building…

James Darling

Code, Digital Transformation & Politics. Previously @uklabour Digital, Corbyn leadership campaign, @justice_digital, @gdsteam, @berglondon, @rewiredstate.

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