Three-month note, July 2018

It’s been 3 months since we all started working on Public Digital full time, promising new things and new growth for the business. This morning, we’ve just had a team catch-up about the recent past and the immediate future. It feels like a good time to post an update.


Where we’ve been working

We are working for governments and large organisations around the world to help them adapt to the internet era.

In the last 3 months we’ve visited government teams and private sector clients in Hong Kong, Canberra, Beirut, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Halifax (Nova Scotia), and Lima. Plus lots of IDEO offices, because we’re doing some really interesting work with them: New York, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Shanghai, Munich, Cambridge (Massachusetts) and Frankfurt. That’s 14 different places overall.

mike turnbullMike with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 20.57.54Ben outside the IDEO Palo Alto studio

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 08.17.59.pngBen, Giles and Emma outside IDEO Cambridge

Alongside our friends from Digital HKS, we co-hosted the first Digital Service Convening at Harvard. It was a great opportunity to meet new people, and catch up with those we already knew.

harvardEveryone at the Digital HKS Digital Service Convening

We’ve hosted teams in London as well. In April together with IDEO we hosted the team from La Victoria Lab in Lima who kicked off their second accelerator in London.

peruvians in london

There’s loads more happening but we can’t tell you much about most of it yet. When we can, though, we will.

Jersey news

We sponsor the training jerseys for a local community football club – Sporting Hackney FC. We’re getting lots of photos of the jerseys on their travels, and Ben is always looking for early morning running companions. You can buy one here. (The money goes straight to the club, not to us.)

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 21.02.06Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 21.02.13Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 21.02.24hernan and chris lockeSporting Hackney Training Jerseys in Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Cambridge MA, San Francisco and New York

Book news

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Our book is doing well – over 1,500 copies sold so far. Our publishers are happy, and so are we. There’s even a Kindle edition. Thanks to Steve Railton at Land Registry for buying 50 copies to share around there.

Newsletter news

In May, we started a regular newsletter curated by Emma. It’s sort of the things we would say to you over a coffee, if you met us for a coffee on a Friday morning. We have 574 subscribers. You can sign up here and become the 575th.

Growing the team

We’ve hired 5 amazing new people to join the team:

Here’s a picture of all of them except James, who was busy with a client in Peru, and Giles Turnbull who is helping us with all of our comms from writing to strategy. As if to illustrate that point Giles is not in this picture because he was taking it.

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 19.38.54Emily, Emma, Simon and Diane. Not shown James and Giles.

Oh, and we moved to a new office:

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