Lessons for behaviour change communications in the age of austerity

'to the rescue' by fergaloid

Last week was One World Media Week, a week-long programme of events around the One World Media Awards.

I made it along to two of the fringe events organised by the Institute of Development Studies at the Royal Society, ‘Media as a Tool for Development’ and ‘White Man to the Rescue? International Development in the Media’. Discussions at both meetings ranged across international development issues, but it was behaviour change campaigns proved a consistent theme.

The delegates were mainly from academia, NGOs and broadcast and press media. Yet behaviour change communications is also a major theme for government. Having worked in both sectors, it struck me over the course that in this so-called age of austerity that there were many lessons government can learn from the way NGOs conduct their campaigns. That said, on reflection, there are lessons that civil society can learn from government.

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On my desktop this week… ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’ by Caspar David Friedrich

'Wanderer above the Sea of Fog' by Caspar David Friedrich
'Wanderer above the Sea of Fog' by Caspar David Friedrich

Bit of a Romantic one this week and a fair departure from the usual stylings.

I spotted ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog‘ by Caspar David Friedrich as on a visit to the Kelvingrove Museum when I was a kid.

It was a postcard reproduction on sale in the shop. I didn’t buy it, I never saw it again and didn’t know the name.

But the image stayed with me and then it turned up on ffffound the other week and I was most pleased!

Recommended Reading – Government transparency, foreign policy reform and the internet as a semicommons

'Let Me Read' by mintlips

Good and bad transparency‘ by Steph Gray, HelpfulTechnology.com

The coming wave of transparency could transform government working culture in a hugely positive way, but it could also make it more guarded and less effective; former civil servant, Steph Gray, explores the arguments in an even-handed manner.

Organizing for Influence – UK Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty‘ by Alex Evans and David Steven, Chatham House

An independent report stating a case for a new definition of the UK Government’s international mission marking a wholesale ‘upgrade and reform’ of all aspects of its international programme.

The Internet is a Semicommons‘ by James Grimmelmann, Fordham Law Review

Grimmelmann uses a mixture of property theory and internet history to argue why we shouldn’t take the schism between ‘private’ and ‘common’ internet too seriously. Heady stuff but in Grimmelmann’s readily-accessible fashion.

All change – A new government, a new job and a new home

'Seedlings in peet pots' by Jackal of all trades

A lot has happened since my last post.

I’ve moved house, there’s been a general election (resulting in a new government) and I’ve changed job. That all happened in one week.

Now I’m almost a month into the new role. It’s a 2 year secondment to the FCO, where I am Head of Networks in the Digital Diplomacy Group.

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