11Feb

Five open source ideas to inspire a meeting

posted by Steve Bowbrick

(I’ve written these words to provide some material for a meeting with senior managers and creators here at the BBC on Friday). There’s a vast social and economic experiment – centred on the Internet – that’s been going on for ten or fifteen years: it’s called ‘open source‘. The evidence is accummulating that the open [...]

04Feb

Making meetings more open

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Some people put a line of checkboxes like this in their email sig files: Private [ ] Ask [ ] Bloggable [ ] Do you think that a properly open organisation might do something similar in meetings? A red flag on the conference table would mean “private (no blogging, no nothing, don’t even think about [...]

16Dec

Saving Public Service Media

posted by Steve Bowbrick

(I wrote this piece for iPlayer day over at the BBC Internet Blog but it was judged to be a bit ‘edgy’ for use there) He’s an unlikely saviour for the creaking edifice we call public service broadcasting isn’t he? I mean Anthony Rose, of course: wiry South African firebrand and one-time buccaneering pirate-in-chief at [...]

03Dec

Six Common Platform projects for the next few months

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Three months into my journey round the BBC I’ve come up with a list of six projects I’d like to tackle in addition to recording stuff here on the blog and generally challenging the BBC to open up. I think it’s safe to say that not all of these projects will materialise. In fact Nick [...]

20Oct

From my notebook

posted by Steve Bowbrick

What stops the BBC from sharing content, technology and resources with the outside world? Actually, the number one obstacle, if the many conversations I’ve had here at the BBC over the last few weeks are anything to go by, is rights. Rights rights rights. Rights rights rights rights rights. The Gordian knot of multiple, overlapping [...]

20Oct

Openness at the BBC huge turn-off, survey shows

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Is openness at the BBC just boring? I’ve been asking people (random people) for the last couple of weeks: Should the BBC be more open? Should the BBC share its assets with other companies and with the general public? Should the BBC link to stuff created by outsiders? Should the BBC provide tools and support [...]

15Oct

Huggers yammers

posted by Steve Bowbrick

They’re trying out Yammer at the BBC. Yammer’s a kind of Twitter-clone for use within organisations. It runs secure (SSL) and provides a simple email-based authentication scheme to keep the outsiders out (if you can’t receive an email to your BBC address you can’t join). It’s growing like topsy here, not least because the Corporation’s [...]

08Oct

Kevin Rose came to visit

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Digg founder Kevin Rose is in town and the people at FutureNow (which is part of the BBC’s training and development function) invited him in to speak to people from around the organisation. Interesting presentation but, seriously, not that interesting. In fact, to be honest, I found it puzzling to note how little has changed [...]

08Oct

Quick post about confidentiality

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Obvious, I suppose, but as soon as I got my BBC staff pass I started to think differently about what I say here on the blog about the BBC. I’m not worried about upsetting the management or about getting the sack (I don’t really work here – I’m a freelancer) but I am seriously worried [...]

06Oct

My first week as blogger in residence…

posted by Steve Bowbrick

I think this is my fourth full day at the BBC. I’ve got a Staff Pass (temporary) and I’m just getting used to the idea that I’m allowed in the building at all. Here are my notes from a few interesting presentations and meetings I attended last week: Linked Open Music. First, Matthew Shorter and [...]