Nearly five years ago a small group of us felt that we could see a gap in Welsh public life.
We felt that Wales didn’t have a space where people delivering public services could come together to talk about the challenges that were over the hill. The big things that were coming round the mountain that organisations needed to be ready for.
So we decided to set up an unconference for public services in Wales: GovCampCymru. Because someone needs to get these things going: The Satori Lab volunteered to manage the process and look after the finances for the first three years. Those first three events seemed to go pretty well. So we made GovCampCymru 2017 happen too.
It’s 2018 now and we’ve given some thought to the prospect of a GovCampCymru 2018.
We’ve come to the conclusion that The Satori Lab won’t make this one happen. We want to take a hiatus and to be able to focus on some other things this year. And we don’t want GovCampCymru just to become another step on the hamster wheel. It should be a solution to a problem that a bunch of us agree exists. It should have passion and energy behind it and we have passion and energy for some smaller scale, more experimental ideas in 2018.
This doesn’t mean that there won’t be a GovCampCymru this year. It’s a community event not a company event and we’ll be very happy to hand over the keys and the resources to anyone from the community who wants to make it happen.
But we’re going to take a break.
We’re not saying we’ll never drive forward an event like this.
But we are saying we won’t do this in 2018.