From Whitehaven to Whitehall – one GCS

Friday 12 May 2017

Staying connected to GCS has helped shape NDA’s effective communications service.

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Iraq and Afghanistan commemoration

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Jennifer from the MOD PR Events team takes a look behind the scenes at the preparations for the historic Iraq and Afghanistan memorial ceremony.

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Leadership Lunch and Learn: Working with Number 10

Wednesday 12 April 2017

The GCS Leadership Lunch & Learn events are a great way to network with your communications colleagues from across government, while learning more about ways of working and the important work going on across departments, agencies and arm’s length bodies.

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Making the right judg(e)ment

Wednesday 5 April 2017

The chances are you’ve never heard of the Judicial Office (JO); the relatively small but crucial part of the civil service where I work.

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Skilled People – Better Outcomes

Thursday 16 March 2017

Next month marks the start of the new professional learning curriculum for government communicators. To start the preparations for its launch, GCS recently hosted leading communicators from public services including Natural England, Ofsted, Environment Agency, Student Loans, Network Rail, NHS Business Services and the UK Space Agency.

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What can we learn from the past 100 years?

Thursday 9 March 2017

Monday 6 March saw the launch of ‘A Celebration: 100 Years of Government Communications’. It was in 1917 that the government of the day set up the Ministry of Information. 100 years later, we are the GCS.

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Returning to work – rediscover your career mojo

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Personal reflections from a GCS communications professional one year after maternity leave.

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GCS and LG Comms masterclass

Wednesday 22 February 2017

On 15 February, GCS and LG Comms held a joint campaigns masterclass showcasing the best of local and central government campaigns from the Public Service Communications Excellence Awards.

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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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