This unconference on Tuesday 28 June in an open space of the Nobel House at Smith Square in Central London was more than a shot in the arm:
- it gave me hope that my faith in people and the internet is justified for our children’s and grandchildren’s future;
- while I’ve analysed the long term organisation of man-made evil and its victims for a considerable length of time, I can now pin my hopes on the humanness of ‘geeks’ – in governmental settings:
- Be bold, be human, be your Self is the motto that James Arthur Cattell got from the UK Civil Service Leadership Statement;
- James is a ‘government hacker’ and had facilitated the event most admirably and charmingly;
- these DEFRA geeks are using social media in very effective and creative ways:
Now I saw him again, discovering the connections between him, the main players in Open Defra and the challenging project as a whole.
This is therefore just to share my excitement over talking to people who recognise DATA as having ‘intrinsic value’ like raw materials and not only measuring everything in terms of money…
Can’t wait to bring #openMONEY into the challenge – as rewards for VALUABLE data contributions and interpretations!