Open Thinkering


Weeknote 24/2022

Card, handmade card and two bottles of whisky (Talisker Skye & Loch Lomond)

It’s Father’s Day in the UK today. I was given a staggering two bottles of whisky by my wife and kids, which was very generous. My daughter gave me a card she made after finishing her work at school, and both kids gave me a joint card. We went over to my parents’ house for Sunday dinner this afternoon, and I gave my dad (their granddad) a card and the book Crickonomics. I drank red wine. I am tired.

It’s been quite the week. My wife, Hannah, was away for the beginning of the week and solo parenting is always a bit more mentally and physically taxing then when you’re doing it as a team. WAO also kicked off two new projects, which is not something we’d ever plan to do in the same week. However, in this case, it was out of our hands. We’re doing some work around the community management of LocalGov Drupal with Aaron, and helping 21 organisations under the umbrella of Sport England learn to work more openly with CAST and Joe.

You can have as many processes as you want around kicking off a project, but there’s always stuff to iron out. In this case, there was a super-tight turnaround for one of the projects, and in fact we haven’t even signed a contract yet. That’s not something we’d countenance, but we’ve done a lot of work with CAST before as part of the Catalyst network during the height of the pandemic.

Added to this, our daughter has been trialling for new football team for next season, so we’ve been taking her to lots of training sessions and dealing with the emotions around that. Our son is revising for exams (or not revising, so needs constant reminders) and preparing for his Bronze DofE expedition next weekend.

The Bonfire team asked me to help with their upcoming beta launch, so I’ve been writing some stuff (the first post is live) to help them with that. I’m excited to see how the project develops, as it’s got a lot of potential. All of this is on top of the usual work, and increasing my exercise goals. So on one level I’m absolutely winning at life. On another I’m knackered.

Next week I’m hoping that there will be some semblance of normality. The kids have got a teacher training day on Friday, but that shouldn’t affect things too much.

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