I don’t blog much so feel free to rip me to pieces on this..
Last night I had a dream that Heston Blumenthal made me a tin of
chocolate soup ( one to add to the #vividdreamsclub – @katehughes and
The soup actually looked like chicken soup and came in a tin
with bits of chicken which were actually marshmallows in it, just like
one of the ideas from said cooking show.
Every show Heston takes an era in history and looks at unusual,
(sometimes downright scary!) recipes from say Victorian or
Edwardian times. Recreating these recipes for a bunch of celebrities to
devour. It always amazes me how well received and successful the dishes
are no matter how bizarre.
The appeal of Heston’s cooking show for me is that he challenges what
we know. Dares to look at thinks differently, makes food that looks
like what we are used to but actually is completely different to what
we come to expect and surprises everyone as it’s completely delicious.
Why on earth did I dream that? It may be that I’m slightly giddy with
excitement about #ukgc11 or more likely it came from the
conversation I had on Twitter last night with the inspiring @loulouk
@carlhaggerty and @808kate about #lgovsm and where it’s heading.
We chatted about challenging what social media in local gov is now and
feeling a bit sorry for ourselves to talking about where it could be.
One of the most interesting parts of the conversation for me was using
#lgovsm in Learning and Development, using CoP as a platform. This is
a great place for it to sit – an enthusiastic area where people are
willing to learn new things.
I recently helped to run a workshop for new starters on Induction and
how this could be used on the corporate intranet. This got me to
thinking – wouldn’t it be interesting for new starters to use social
media for induction? We had a really interesting conversation about
using yammer for mentoring new starters encouraging them to ask
Induction is a perfect example of doing what we know. The obligatory
induction course, the big bulky folder full of information they never
get time to read and being introduced to perhaps people as far afield
as the other side of the office.
What would Heston do here? He’d mix it up and start again. Challenge
what we know, perhaps have a look at how to make something look
familiar but in fact is very new and exciting.
Have we become stuck in our ways? Used to the same old ways of
learning and developing staff? What if we could have mentors? Not just
from inside the organisation but across partnerships. Empowerment for
new people in organisations to enable them to challenge what we know?
Chocolate soup – I really would like to try!