A Plan for All Seasons

Monday 16 January 2017

Last August, on the hottest day of the summer, a group of enthusiastic colleagues from across GCS made the heroic choice to forego the temptation of an ice cream in the park in favour of a workshop in a sweltering Whitehall basement, at which they collaborated productively to scope out the latest phase of continuous improvement priorities for the GCS

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GCS and LGComms campaigns masterclass

Wednesday 22 February 2017

It was a great opportunity for government communicators to share lessons learned, and discuss commonly faced campaign challenges drawing on OASIS and best practice from the campaign winners. This joint masterclass emphasised the importance of central and local government working together to deliver shared aims. As Public Service communicators, our shared goal is to improve the […]

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Leadership Lunch & Learn

Tuesday 14 February 2017

This month sees the launch of a new series of ‘Leadership Lunch & Learn’ events, designed to share expertise and experience amongst developing leaders across GCS in an informal, discursive environment. What’s more, they fit into a lunch hour.

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Creativity: it’s just connecting things

Wednesday 25 January 2017

So said Steve Jobs, one of the archetypes of creative thinking. But what exactly is it? Creativity – the use of original ideas to create something – can feel rather mystical. While my five-year-old has creative ideas fizzing out of her, as adults we can feel more constrained… often reaching for a mass of post-it notes as a default in a meeting room brainstorm in the hope that they will help deliver a lightbulb moment!

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An update on my journey within the GCS Flex Team

Tuesday 24 January 2017

I am now 5 months into my role on the GCS Flex Team. My first posting was at the Department of Education, where I got to work with a great team on the Safety and Wellbeing desk for 3 months.

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My OASIS gig in Bristol

Tuesday 17 January 2017

No, sadly, the 90s super-band were not performing an intimate surprise set-list at Bristol’s Yurt Lush last Monday. Those turning up for guitar led anthems would have been severely disappointed to encounter me, and a presentation on how OASIS communication planning applies to internal communications. I wonder now how old this joke is… never mind (wait, another 90s classic is creeping in… I am showing my age. Stop.)

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Giorgio Di Tunno, Government Communications Service Apprentice

Friday 13 January 2017

My name is Giorgio Di Tunno and I am a Government Communications Service Apprentice. I started my apprenticeship as an 18-year-old, straight out of sixth form. The role has provided me with an immediate hands-on experience of working as a communications professional.

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Christmas message from Alex Aiken

Tuesday 20 December 2016

This year will undoubtedly be seen as an historic year for the United Kingdom and government communication professionals have been at the very heart of events.

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What does successful modern media relations look like?

Thursday 1 December 2016

What does successful modern media relations look like? What is it for, who is it for and how does it fit with the Modern Communications Operating Model (MCOM)? These are just some of the questions that we had we set out on one of the most important and wide-ranging pieces of work ever to be attempted by the GCS.

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Media handling in a crisis – would you know what to do?

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Last week, at the inaugural event of the GCS North communications exchange, communications specialists from a range of government organisations including NHS digital, Cabinet Office and HMRC listened to former journalist and now Environment Agency press officer Steve Kirman share his experiences of local media handling in a crisis.

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