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BBC Analysis - Maintenance
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BBC Radio 4’s Analysis show spends some time looking at Maintenance and interviewed Truth & Spectacle’s, Alex Mecklenburg.

As Chris Bowlby discovers, keeping our infrastructure in good condition is one of the most crucial and creative challenges we face.

They look at the creativity required in maintaining and improving the roads, bridges, buildings, and technology we already have and don’t look after properly.

Alex talks about responsible innovation and the role of maintenance and legacy in ensuring we make a better world. She makes the case for responsible innovators and says;

You can maintain something in innovative ways. 

It’s a really interesting look at getting maximum value from good ideas. Even if they aren’t your own.

David Edgerton (@DEHEdgerton) who teaches History King's College London had an interesting comment that helps contextualise the world we work in now;

Most of us are imitators rather than innovators […] Creativity today means getting rid of the idea that we live in a radically innovative culture and to set about our world in new ways that may not be quite as dramatic as the false prospectus that is on offer.

It’s definitely worth listening to if you work within an existing structure and have the responsibility of maintaining and improving it, whether it’s a bridge or a brand.

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City Hall Digital Leadership
City Hall has been piloting a digital leadership programme, starting with senior teams, in partnership with @doteveryoneuk
— Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer London City Hall

Alex has been hard at work with DotEveryone and London City Hall on their digital leadership programme. She's having a fantastic time working with people who really care about leading with digital understanding and responsibility. New cohorts start in September 2018.

👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 great work @petite_a who’s leading this programme for us at @doteveryoneuk - building understanding of digital and responsible leadership across the senior team at the GLA - it would be great to see more Mayoral teams do this.
— @CassieRobinson, Strategic Design Director DotEveryone

We can't wait to see how the programme goes from strength to strength.

Ten things about digital transformation by 10 Digital Ladies

10 Digital Ladies is a networking group for women working in digital practitioner roles such as product management, strategy, engineering and marketing.

Their panel about digital transformation had some interesting insights about inclusive stories, using digital tools well, and managing an organisation going through changes. 

We live in an age of ever increasing complexity. To help us cope with this rate of change, organisations have looked for simple answers to complex questions – adopting digital technologies, tactics, methodologies and ‘digital ways of working’ as the silver bullets of organisation change.

But over and over again we see digital programmes failing to deliver real, meaningful change. 10 Digital Ladies decided to ask why, and what could be done differently at our meetup “Why it’s time digital grew up: transformation beyond easy answers”.
— by Nina Lovelace and Alexandra Burson

You can read their full article on LinkedIn - click here.


10 Digital Ladies is a networking group for women working in digital practitioner roles such as product management, strategy, engineering and marketing.

They run small, informal ‘support and networking’ meetings in London, where mid to senior level women can discuss issues that relate to their digital career and could help them reach their full potential.