Local government must learn to give up traditional notions of control. Councils that do not shift quickly to an effective model of participation will lose the ability to make a positive impact in their areas. The councils at the forefront of this agenda are beginning to realise the true value of actively championing digital participation; using digital technology and platforms to enable people and communities to participate more to improve their local area and help local people.
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< The beta blog | 28 Apr 2016
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Virtual reality is here to stay. We are on the verge of a revolution, and not just in entertainment, but also across sectors as diverse as retail, healthcare, education, tourism and communications. Virtual reality technology has the potential to become the single most important way for us to connect with the outside world.
< The beta blog | 22 Apr 2016
How can digital be most effectively used to enhance the HR function? It isn’t only about securing the best technology it is about creating the right leadership and culture to deliver innovation and productivity.
< The beta blog | 19 Apr 2016
Do you know your Unicorns from your Gazelles? Your Blockchain from your Bitcoin? And what’s an accelerator when it’s not stuck to the floor of your car?
No matter what your business, technology has changed the way we work. Every year, we interview CEOs from across the world to gain insights into the challenges and opportunities their businesses are facing. In this film, we hear from four UK CEOs who describe their views on how technology has affected their business.
When it comes to social media and networking, it’s all a bit of fun, right? Connecting with friends, family, business colleagues, strangers, dangerous criminals…Wait, what was that last one? Yes, you read that correctly. Social netw
< The beta blog | 13 Apr 2016
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For technophiles, it’s an exciting time. But anyone with a concern for cyber security likely wants to find out more about the security and design pitfalls of this '20 billion connected things' business.
< The beta blog | 01 Mar 2016
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The first wave of the digital revolution was all about technology: the kit, the devices and the IT infrastructure. Now we’re some way into the second, the people and organisational dimension is taking centre stage. And in any time of significant change, reality tends to get blurred by tall tales - here are top five digital myths, and what they mean for people, organisations and HR, and what we can do about them.
< The beta blog | 29 Feb 2016
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Attracting, retaining and developing a productive workforce is key for business growth. However, few businesses really understand how to unleash the true potential of their people.
We live in an era where technology is changing our lives at a rate that every part of society is grappling to keep up with. Many people worry about their privacy. Companies are seeing their business models come under attack from new digital entrants and their corporate behaviour magnified in real time through social media. With governments facing diminished control as new forms of communication empower their citizens.
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