Ten Bears blog posts

Coronavirus: Ten-point wish list for local communications

Image of Covid - 19 Corona Virus

My heart goes out to those poor people diagnosed with Coronavirus, families that have lost loved ones and everybody trapped in hotels, ships and towns across the world. Although the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has said he has drawn up his "battle plans" with no stone left unturned, if ministers and health officials cannot contain the virus, as seems very likely it inevitably will spread. The clock is ticking.


Councils trading on a wing and a prayer?

Shop open sign to illustrate business support

Will the wings of local authorities be clipped following the publication of a highly critical National Audit Office (NAO) report on councils' acquisition of commercial property? And what will this mean for local authority trading companies and council's still struggling to bridge the gap in their budgets?


Political Behaviour and Brexit

UK and EU flags signifying Brexit Debate and the resulting political behaviour and fall out on local government

Whatever people's views are on the Brexit debate- leavers and remainers, everybody I've talked to is agreed on one thing - the manoeuvrings in Parliament, stoked up over the last month by the media and an intransigent EU has left everybody with an increasing distrust of political motives. Which is a real shame - I have known committed politicians from all parties who have worked hard for their own communities - for little or no reward.

This article is not about Brexit per se, but the impact of political behaviour.

Clean Air Zones - a new debate is needed

reducing vehicle emissions from car exhausts

I am resisting talking about Brexit as a lot more needs to play out but want to take everyone back to the earlier announcement about the Government's Clean Air Strategy at the beginning of the week. This is something close to my heart.


Severn Bridge - Opportunity or Threat

Work removing tolls

Just before Christmas I passed by the removal of the toll booths of the Severn Bridge and it was a 48-hour media sensation. I think the true scale of these changes will not become clear for at least 6 months.


The Risk Business

Raheem Sterling defending the ball

Where do I start? First an uninspiring England draw to Croatia and then we taught Spain a footballing lesson in Seville. Ups and downs.

Minority Report - Is AI the future of public sector comms?

Is the dystopian vision of Minority Report a future vision of public sector communications

I’ve been watching the film Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Minority Report recently and have been struck how many things from driverless cars to drones are coming true. The film using pre-cogs to predict future crime and takes action before it happens. Is there a parallel with the emergence of algorithms and Artificial Intelligence? 


Is Coke right about recycling?

Plastic Coca Cola bottle

The soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has linked up with Merlin Entertainments by rewarding users who deposit their plastic bottles into so-called reverse vending machines with half price tickets for some of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions- such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of adventures. Their research suggests that two thirds of Britons would recycle more if they were rewarded immediately for their actions.