Catherine Staite is Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the University of Birmingham in England. Catherine leads her university department to bridge the gap between local government research and practice. Prior to INLOGOV, Catherine was the Director of Organisational Development and Policy for OPM, an independent research and consultancy institute for the public sector leaders, policymakers and regulators. Catherine has had other previous roles including Non-Executive Director of a high security British hospital, Vice-Chair of a healthcare trust and a member of the Board of Visitors for a local prison. In 2015, Catherine Staite was ranked in the top 100 most influential people in local government in the UK by the Local Government Chronicle. In this episode, you'll learn the paradox of less money and stronger communities, why local government reluctant to start a two-way conversation with residents, and the dichotomy between the political and the managerial.
Dave Polglase is the Head of Consulting at contentgroup. Dave Polglase recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary with us. Dave has worked with over a hundred clients over the years, including Federal, State, and Local Government. His projects have included strategic communications, public relations, and content marketing. Dave helped develop contentgroup's content marketing methodology. He has worked as part of the Australian media team for the past three Olympic Games. In this episode, you'll learn why content marketing is a hack against the time pressures of government and how contentgroup's content marketing methodology is applied to government.
Bob Pearson is the President of the W2O Group, a group of 3 marketing and communications companies. Prior to working at the W2O Group, Bob Pearson was the Vice President of Communities and Conversation for Dell, where he developed their first global social media efforts. Bob also worked as Head of Global Corporate Communications for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Bob recently wrote Storytizing: What's Next After Advertising?, where he explores how messages proliferate through society. Bob is also a frequent speaker on digital marketing at the Syracuse Center for Social Commerce and the U.S. State Department’s Marketing College. In this episode, you'll learn how to find the people who drive the majority of conversation, easy quick wins for government and public sector communicators, which no one can object to, and why 43 people drive the majority of shared conversation for Harry Potter.