I got 99 ideas and a pitch is one

If you’ve not been to an unconference before , it can be daunting to even know where to start with pitching an idea for a session.

So we put our heads together and came up with some challenging, silly and interesting topics for discussion.

Do any of these help you with deciding on what you want to talk about?

Feel free to pinch, modify, ignore or add to these suggestions:

  1. How can service design help public services respond to The Williams Review?
  2. Should Local Government become a commissioning body?
  3. Is service design even possible with political interference and mass change?
  4. Does co production spell the end of elected politicians?
  5. If social media is engaging people, what is a councillors job?
  6. Is google glass just a fad or will it revolutionise social services?
  7. Is the language of innovation just the new management speak?
  8. Should local government have one service delivery platform like gov.uk?
  9. Should organisations try to improve employee engagement or should it be inherent in everything they do?
  10. Who are the real leaders in government?
  11. Should every team have a ‘hacker’?
  12. Public services ‘dance’ around the subject but never address it. Discuss.
  13. Why is the public sector losing its most talented people?
  14. Is co production just a new fancy term for consultation?
  15. Is engagement just a new buzz word or something we should be doing?
  16. Are PR people and social media gurus sucking our budgets dry?
  17. Why can’t we get rid of dead wood?
  18. Should public services be run like a business?
  19. Why can’t we start with a blank sheet… everyone to reapply for the job that we now need them to do.
  20. Public services shouldn’t be a job for life but should be an environment of ‘survival of the fittest’
  21. Will robots replace our jobs?
  22. How can we get better at interpreting data?
  23. Will self driving cars change the way we deliver services?
  24. Meals on drones – a reality?
  25. Does traditional social housing have a future?
  26. Do our communities have the skills and knowledge to really help us shape new services?
  27. Does open data really matter?
  28. Why do citizens lack trust in government?
  29. Are we really innovating?  Or polishing turds?
  30. If you want to create the illusion of change, have a restructure
  31. How can we fix procurement?
  32. Do we spend departmental budgets with the same care that we would our own money?
  33. Do we understand our communities?
  34. Could community profiling attract inwards investment?
  35. Can we avoid another social workers saga through more objective recruitment practices?
  36. Do we patronise our citizens with phony offers of involvement when we really think we know best?
  37. Are we prepared for the ageing population?
  38. What makes a happy workforce?
  39. Do we lose the essence of what we need to do in the jargon we use to describe it?
  40. Is there a realistic future of female leadership in government soon?
  41. Has flexible/mobile working increased our working hours?
  42. Are young people not ready for work? Or are employers not ready for the new generation?
  43. How do we stay ahead of the curve?
  44. Wales has missed the open data boat, how do we catch up?
  45. Leadership and culture in public services
  46. Is representative democracy in Wales representative or even democratic?
  47. Technologically, Welsh government is still in the late 20th Century, how can we fix that?
  48. How do we shift from policy made to suit government needs to policy made to suit user needs?
  49. All fur coat no knickers! Pandering to narratives of change, the say – do gap between talking culture change and actually being ready to commit to it
  50. How do we innovate and deliver the day job?
  51. If Ken Robinson’s vision for education is more fitting to modern learning, why aren’t we doing it yet?
  52. Staff motivation in austerity
  53. Culture change – is impatience a virtue?
  54. How can we make sure GovCamp Cymru is not just a talking shop?
  55. How to make innovation happen when your team just want to keep their heads down
  56. Politicians need to be on top of the latest management and organisational thinking to make government work
  57. Nudge: can we create behaviour change without it being creepy?
  58. Telling the story of public services – why are we so bloody bad at it?
  59. Can 3D printing save us stacks of cash?
  60. We should be conducting all meetings by videoconference to save unnecessary travel
  61. Why can’t I pay my council tax and fines using PayPal?
  62. Government workers are all suits who wouldn’t know fun if it hit them in the face with a procurement document file.  True/False.
  63. In times of budget cuts, should the arts be the first to go?
  64. Social media is too noisy to be useful to government right?
  65. Who has the most power in government and are they using it wisely?
  66. Public sector communications – should we go the full Buzzfeed?
  67. Public sector workers would be more effective if they were paid more.
  68. Public sector workers would be more effective if they were paid less.
  69. How can we promote the Welsh language more effectively?
  70. How do we engage the disengaged in society?
  71. Collaboration – sharing good and bad
  72. Data: Why do supermarkets know more about citizens than government? Can we change that?
  73. Why is it so difficult to share data between departments?
  74. Jargon: How do we talk like real people?
  75. Partnership working: how can we break down the barriers?
  76. How can we share lessons from failure?
  77. More leadership with less cash
  78. YouTube democracy: Do people really want to watch public meetings?
  79. Sustainability: how can public services be greener?
  80. Do we need to deliver what we always have?
  81. How can social care really integrate with the NHS?
  82. Why don’t we work with the voluntary sector?
  83. It’s all about the Benjamins: can we really do more with less?
  84. We’re looking for prudent healthcare. Can we have prudent local government?
  85. The democratic deficit: how do we better involve young people in our work?
  86. New Kids on the Block: should we be embracing tools like Snapchat?
  87. How do we engage with people who are seldom heard?
  88. What are user needs anyway?
  89. Is good practice a bad traveller?
  90. Is audit helpful?
  91. Making the case for more preventative work
  92. How can we make better use of public assets?
  93. How can we improve scrutiny?
  94. Nobody reads them. What to do with public notices?
  95. Employee engagement: What can we learn from the frontline?
  96. Do citizens want to be more than service recipients?
  97. How can participatory budgeting be empowering in an age of austerity?
  98. What can we learn from England to improve our public services in Wales?
  99. What do i need to know, that I don’t know right now?

Here are the discussions from UKgovcamp http://www.ukgovcamp.com/discussions/

And some more inspiration from Govcamp Australia:

If you’re ready to start discussing ideas for a possible pitch, you can head over to the discussion page and offer up your suggestions.