LocalGovCamp – a week on

Unconferences are always important to us and you can see why here. LocalGovCamp was no different. We want to support as many of these types of events as we can.

It’s easy to see from the summary posts (all gathered here) why it was such a success. It will never cease to amaze me how so many people can have so much passion on a weekend for their day jobs. It just goes to show why we prefer to work with those from the public sector – not just because that’s where we came from ourselves.

It’s a slightly different relationship and experience as an exhibitor and sponsor, but no worse, that’s for sure. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and picked up so many great ideas that I can feed into MusterPoint. Not only that, but the people were genuinely interesting and fun to be around. Once again, my passion was ignited and I realised just why I am doing this. From small acorns and all that.

It was a great venue, the set up and support were excellent. I’ve had some not so great experiences as a sponsor, so when you have a very small budget, being treated well makes all the difference. Especially when you’re travelling a fair distance and have already been working your way around the north of England and Midlands and the end stop is when you have little energy.

What was also great about LocalGovCamp was the online engagement from the organisers and also the participants. This is vital when you’re travelling around in the run up – you can still feel a part of it.

The most encouraging thing for me on a personal and professional level for me is that all my work has not been a total waste of time and energy – there really is a sense that collaborative working and shared services is vital. To hear people discussing this as I listened in made me feel like I’m on the right track with MusterPoint. That was worth the trip, the sponsorship, the exhaustion and the paper cuts and caffeine overload.

MusterPoint appears to solve so many problems and can help overcome so many challenges for so many of the LocalGovCamp attendees that I want to share it as much as I can. It’s been a labour of love, so I can only say thank you to the people who unwittingly gave me that very important kick up the proverbial that many start ups need to keep at it.

Thanks to Nick and the team – it really was worth it.