An update on the OneTeamGov Leeds movement and fortnightly meet-up, which takes place every other Wednesday.
OneTeamGov is a movement about improving public services and changing the way we work. In many ways, it reminds me of the Global GovJam. There are loose structures, guidelines, principles. The culture makes people feel safe. Safe to share, collaborate, try new things. No one organisation owns the events. There is freedom to create the future together. The simple act of different people coming together triggers new actions from new connections — new meet-ups, new moments.
The Leeds movement
Leeds OneTeamGov meet-up started in November 2017. Sharon had been to a London meet-up and thought we could do that in Leeds. Read more in Sharon’s post: A year since the first OneTeamGov breakfast in Leeds — the story so far and what next?
Meet-ups ran in different locations and from September 2018 to February 2019 they ran at Leeds City Council. We then moved to Platform (by Leeds train station) as many people find it easier to get to. We also ran a Leeds Digital Festival social and visited DWP at Quarry House.
Meet-ups only last an hour and are not always easy to get to for everyone, so we experiment. Rochelle from NHS Digital and I ran a OneTeamGov User Research Unconference that came from a need identified at the meet-ups. As Rochelle said:
“People, irrespective of organisation or experience, are struggling with the same issues and as a group, we can be a great support for each other.”
This year, people have written lovely things about Leeds meet-ups. This helps us define our value and shape how we might develop future meet-ups.
In January, Azrael, a fast streamer and analyst working in HMRC’s Cyber Security Team at the time, wrote Working together across government and beyond. Azrael spoke of the value of the meet-ups for individuals, teams, and organisations: “It’s through individuals, through us, that our organisations are connected. To bust silos, we have to build bridges.”
In June, Helen, a Data Scientist at the Food Standards Agency, wrote about attending the meet-ups in One who what now? “It embeds a confidence and a resolve to bring about change and look for ways to make things better, and a commitment to positive practices such as working in the open, and including everyone in the conversation,” said Helen.
In July, Tracey, a Business Analyst at DWP Digital, shared Networking as an introvert which reflects on Wellbeing Camp and Leeds meet-ups. Tracey feels comfortable at meet-ups and is making new connections with Leeds City Council. Said Tracey: “This has emphasised the need to share and reuse what we know with others to enable more joined-up services for people.”
What comes next is up to the group. We plan to visit HMRC, NHS Digital, and hold events at different times and places. Check out OneTeamGov Events for information about meet-ups, and invite friends and colleagues who might be interested. We welcome feedback for future meet-ups — and thank everyone involved so far.