For my dear Aunty Ruby, to celebrate her birthday, I celebrate with all of you.

I pronounce it Aunty.

But, to you, all of you, it’s Annn-tee. That accent, it takes me home. It makes me feel warm and welcome.

Too many to count.

Because, The Aunties, they’re not just the ones we’re related to. They’re the ones who have watched us grow up. Who phone to ask a simple question. Who recognise your voice, always smile and always make time for you. Even if you don’t realise it and especially when you don’t ask for it.

The Aunties.

To the women who raised us. Us…

I wrote the first part of this 2 part series that explained a new way of thinking about culture. This article gives you a tangible tool you can takeaway and use.

In my last post, I explained the importance of rethinking our cultural constraints and flipping the existing model on its. In this post, I’m going to talk through when and how to use this tool to empower your team.

If you want to start getting your team engaged and taking responsibility for the culture that they work in (because culture is everyone’s responsibility) you need to start working together…

How can we shift the way we think about organisational culture to help us do our best work?

My focus this year is to work with people who are passionate about culture and growing an understanding that when your culture is right; magic happens.

So, when the iNetwork asked me to run a workshop at their #culturechange event, I couldn’t say no. It was a great opportunity to speak to leaders in the Public Sector about the challenges they face through austerity, transformation, and demanding targets. Let alone the teams and people who are needed to make that change happen.

I’ve had a bit of a rocky start to 2020.

My new year (and new decade) has already been filled with lots of reflecting and understanding why I feel the way I do. I’m taking the time to let myself feel, rather than pushing for solutions or remedies. I’m letting myself know it’s okay to feel however I feel.

But, I want to take the time to write about some of the things I’m planning for this year. It helps me to plan. …

Not only is it the beginning of the new year, but it’s the beginning of a new decade. As always at this time of the year, I’m filled with lots of mixed feelings. On one hand, I’m excited at the prospect of new challenges and reflecting on the past and thinking about the future.

On the other hand, I feel overwhelmed, anxious and if I’m being 100% honest and transparent, I feel lonely. After spending 2 weeks surrounded by family and loved ones, it can feel quite the jump to being back on your own.

I’m worried at the thought…

It’s been a turbulent time in the UK for the past few years. The UK population had a difficult task on its hand: to vote between two polarising candidates.

One the one hand, we could have been supporting insitutionalised anti-semitism. On the other, institutionalised racism against black and brown people. On all sides of the fence, democratically elected members of parliament have been suspended consistently for anti-semitic comments, Islamaphobia and homophobia (often being secretly reinstated when the media wasn’t looking). …

NUX (Northern User Experience) is definitely a thing and I was humbled enough to take the stage at their 8th conference in Manchester — NUX8.

Design is putting humans first, before technology

I took the stage to talk about the role that design is playing in the technology industry, and I wanted to leave the audience feeling inspired to take charge of their careers in design to redefine their roles as designers.

So, here’s a recap of what I spoke about and you can find my slides here.

[Side note]

I kicked off my talk doing a shout out to Black History Month. As a person of colour, and…

I was recently invited to speak at TechUP Women. TechUP Women is an initiative that sets out to retrain 100 women from under represented groups from the North of England and the Midlands with tech skills. Women who take part in the programme come from a huge variety of backgrounds, experiences and sectors to start, or pick up, careers in technology.

It was such a humbling experience to be included in the lineup to speak. The women in the room were astounding and were already achieving so much. …

A few weeks ago the kind folk at FutureGov invited me to speak at Disruption Summit Europe. I was speaking about my experience leaving the public sector to work back in the private sector. In fact, my talk was focussed on what the private sector can learn from the public sector — something that’s so often ignored in the world of work.

Crossing the divide

My talk was actually called “Putting People Back at the Heart (of the private sector)” and you can find my slides here. However, I think crossing the divide sums it up way better.

Basically, across the board, people…

I recently had an opportunity to do the opening keynote at Agile on The Edge — a cross government conference focussing on agile ways of working in government.

Now, I of course decided not to do my talk on agile ways of working, and instead did a talk on culture. Having worked in both central and local government, I have first hand experience about how important culture is to creating long lasting change, digital transformation and of course delivering products, services and code.

You can find my deck and notes here, and for those of you who couldn’t make it…

Vimla Appadoo

Lead Service Designer at DigitalBridge | Previously FutureGov | Co-Founder of SheSaysMCR | Rising Star | Young Digital Leader | Top 50 Future Leader | Keynoter|

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