Genomes – the very definition of personal data

Technology companies hold a frightening amount of personal data on us. From every location we have ever visited to everything we have ever searched, companies such as Google have a comprehensive profile of each and every one of us. As an experiment, I recently tried downloading all the data that Facebook and Google hold on me. Ironically, the files were so large, and downloading them took so long, I ended up crashing my computer. Nevertheless, a quick Google search (because I wasn’t going...

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Andy Peel 28th May, 2019 Insight , Strategy 2 min read

EdTech – A Digital Revolution in the Classroom?

Progress in the education sector consistently heads policy conversation in the UK. Yet, give or take the minor technological transition from chalkboards to smart boards, the classroom has largely remained steeped in conventional methods of learning delivery for the last two hundred years. In a rapidly modernising world, the education sector is struggling to meet demands of the digital landscape. Predictable problems such a mounting workloads, one-size-fits-all learning approaches and ageing...

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Alexandra Faulker-Hardy 22nd May, 2019 Strategy 3 min read

Prevention is better than cure – turning government rhetoric into reality

The arrival of Matt Hancock at the Department of Health and Social Care in July 2018 signalled an opportunity for a refresh of the government’s priorities for healthcare. Hancock's approach, alongside the ambitions set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan (LTP), mark a potentially signifcant turning point in the way the NHS treats people. With the NHS caring for over a million patients and families...

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Jack Sansum 21st May, 2019 Strategy 3 min read

Securing planning permission to build: how we support developers through the planning process

To meet existing and new demand for housing between 240,000 and 340,000 homes need to be built per year. While housing supply is a significant issue, so too is affordability, and the pressure this is creating in towns and cities up and down the country is intense. According to the

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Ned Lamb 17th May, 2019 Strategy 4 min read

Mental Health Awareness Week is almost upon us – and at GK, we take our employees mental health very seriously.

Mental health problems can affect any person, any day of the year. This week, I want to highlight top tips and practices for staying well at work. Reclaim your lunch break Your lunch break is your time to recharge your body and mind - reclaim your lunch break by taking the time to make use of summer sun and clean air. Get together...

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Sarah De Rosa 15th May, 2019 Insight , Strategy , Impact 3 min read

5 reasons spokespeople fail to get their message across

If you’ve managed to ascend to a position of leadership in your chosen field, having some level of exposure to the media is an inevitable part of the job. While the level of control a business has over its ‘owned’ media does provide a sense of safety and when ‘going viral’ feels like the cool thing to do, there is still little that provides the same level of reputation-enhancing, share-price raising and policymaker influencing boost like obtaining national coverage in the media,...

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James Page 14th May, 2019 Strategy 3 min read

Why you should prioritise crisis communications planning

GK are delighted to announce the launch of our latest whitepaper on crisis communications planning. In 2010 a psychologist, Dr Alex Lickerman, wrote in Psychology Today that reputation is “an animal designed by committee: you give birth to it but the way it develops depends on the actions of others”. The idea is that your actions can guide your reputation, but what really matters is how others perceive them. He reflected that building a good reputation requires effort, patience, and...

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Ned Lamb 8th May, 2019 Strategy

Council level political audits: how GK can help

Local politics at a council level can be unpredictable, and its effect of on planning decisions is often underappreciated. Whereas planning officers provide advice on applications, elected councillors are ultimately responsible for decision making. Promising plans can fall at the final hurdle without the right insight into local authority decision making processes, leadership priorities and the character of key stakeholders. Further to this, and of particular relevance to more controversial...

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Joe Berkhout 7th May, 2019 Strategy 3 min read