• Learning by example

    3rd November 2016 by

    We recently invited Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, to join us to give a masterclass presentation about using Twitter to senior leaders at the Scottish Government. Having previously been voted in the top 30 UK "Social CEOs" by the Guardian, we were delighted she accepted.

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  • Making digital friends

    15th July 2016 by

    I’ve only been in government for nine months and every time I say what I do one of my friends asks “what does that actually mean?” Until now, civil servants have often been seen as a faceless mass behind ministers. That needs to change.

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  • Playing the digital engagement game

    13th May 2016 by

    We recently had an interesting workshop with colleagues in the Directorate for Economic Development, talking over the many different strands of their work, and identifying which could be ripe for development as a digital engagement exercise.

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  • Slacking Off

    28th January 2016 by

    Image by Vera Borissova

    For some, the idea of using instant chat for work might sound counter-intuitive, but I’ve found it to really work. I’m often working in a different office from the rest of my team and it’s brilliant for those little thoughts or queries that just need a short answer.

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  • Trick or tweet?

    29th October 2015 by

    As it's Halloween we couldn't resist a punny title and pumpkin pic for our blog post about barriers to using social media as a tool for policy makers in the Scottish Government.

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  • Switchover

    22nd October 2015 by

    This week we finally did something we’ve been wanting to do for some time. We switched over to our new consultation hub. We have been using it for a good while, but since Monday it is the way we now do all our consultations.

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  • Democratic renewal as creative expression- Edinburgh’s City Link Symposium 2015

    22nd September 2015 by

    The City Link network is a growing group of artists, academics and creatives of all shades who have an interest in creating democratic change in cities through artistic and cultural means.

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  • Our experience so far- crowdsourcing for policy making

    6th August 2015 by

    Dialogue is on demand software created by Delib, a small social venture focussed on creating tools that make it easy for governments to involve citizens in decision making.

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  • Stereotypes, expectations, and planning ahead

    29th July 2015 by

    Today I had a somewhat startling realisation about expectations and stereotypes. We here at the Digital Engagement team love to talk about how important it is to know your audience.

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  • A reflection on the last 6.5 months

    19th June 2015 by

    We’ve come a long way since we launched in December. Trying to navigate the complexities of Scottish Government and promote ourselves across the organisation, we've had somewhat of an uphill battle.

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