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Six Months of Shift in Pictures

From October 2013 to April 2014, I worked for FutureGov in Shift, an innovation lab in Surrey County Council. I was a Community Organiser, which I learnt to do on the job.

Being a designer, I frequently changed the space to make it look welcoming: an innovation lab in a council is a new concept so I had to make it seem inviting and not scary for council officers. But my design skills were even more useful in designing the service around how to support change from officers: we envisioned a way of inspiring people, equipping them with skills, and gathering networks, through events, online communications, and informal drop-ins, where I was personally available to help people through their challenges. I loved being creative support for council officers – I felt like I helped a few people flourish and gain motivation to make the changes they wanted to see in their departments.

So here are a few pictures to give you an insight into the details. Enjoy!

Some of the Shift team in the Shift Team Room. We kept all our organising notes on the wall on the right. Continue reading

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