I’m not one to shout about conferences though after attending the One Team Government Unconference in January I’ve done little else! For those who don’t know One Team Government is a community made up of people who are passionate about public sector reform. I really did not know what to expect when I turned up to the Techniquest Science Discovery Centre in Cardiff Bay. I never really heard about One Team Government or ever attended an unconference before.
One Team Government Principles
The One Team Government movement is guided by seven principles:
- Work in the open and positively
- Take practical action
- Be diverse and inclusive
- Care deeply about citizens
- Work across borders
- Embrace technology
Visit here for more details on the principles.
What is an unconference?
Sometimes referred to as an Open Space conference it takes a different approach to the traditional set agenda conferences we all know and love. Typically at an unconference, the agenda is created at the beginning of the event. Participants pitch a discussion point or idea to the rest of the attendees and depending on the level of interest they get an allotted a certain space and time. Unconferences feature open discussions rather than having a single speaker at the front of the room giving a talk, although any format is permitted.
So why am I raving about this?
I’ve worked in public sector for 10 years and it’s been a massive part of my life. I started in the civil service at 17, was sponsored for an Open University Degree while getting hands on IT experience and met some amazing people and made some good friends. I want to see things done better in government and I think One Team Gov is the perfect vehicle for achieving it.
During all the sessions I attended there were common themes around empathy, open/honest communication and a genuine desire to help each other. The organisers were fantastic and it was clear that a lot of hard work and dedication went into ensuring the whole day ran smoothly. Attending the unconference felt like a breath of fresh air for me personally and I found it hugely beneficial for myself and others. There was a positive energy around the whole day. There wasn’t a session I attended where I didn’t feel I got something out of it or was able to help others. I walked away with a real sense of wanting to make things better and to get involved in such an inspiring movement.
Since the unconference I am now an active member on the One Team Gov community and attend the weekly meet ups in Cardiff. I’m looking forward to helping raise awareness and be part of something that could really change how we deliver public services in the UK.
If you would like to find out more information or want to get involved: