At the recent, brilliant #OneTeamGov Global unconference on 16 July, Rainmaker’s Head of Public Sector, Mark Hastings, committed to writing a Weeknote, reflecting on what happens during his week. Here is his first instalment.

So here it is: my first Weeknote! Courtesy of a promise made at the fantastic #OneTeamGov Global last Monday … all the way through to Pete Tong on Saturday night!

What a week that was!


Monday’s #OneTeamGovGlobal was a great experience. I loved the unconference format and the incredible energy: it was great to meet so many like minded people, in the UK and globally, who are so passionate and driven to #MakeADifference. Huge chapeau to the incredible Kit Collingwood and her brilliant crew for a job well done. I particularly drew inspiration from this: ‘never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has!’ Thank you to @jennievass for that one!


A big shout out to everyone who made OneTeamGovGlobal such a success


With renewed enthusiasm I launched back into the day job on Tuesday with a timely Q1 review where it was brilliant to reflect on the great work we’re doing with some fantastic new clients! From the digital partnership we have formed with Staffordshire County Council, the disaggregation programme with Sheffield City Council and the web work we’re doing with London Boroughs of Hackney and Westminster it is great to be able to #workoutloud with forward thinking areas of the public sector.


More inspiration on Wednesday evening, this time in the form of Rainmaker’s charity, the Buffalo Foundation. The evening was an enormous success, raising awareness of our work to bring educational and sporting opportunities to young people living in disadvantaged communities around the world. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with some of our other clients from the Food Standards Agency, London Borough of Ealing & Ofsted as well as the always incredible James Golding.


After an admittedly sluggish start to Thursday it was great to progress some fascinating conversations about our data insight and security practices with some exciting news on both coming soon. But the highlight for sure was the news that we will be working with London Borough of Harrow, taking the number of London Borough’s we are now working with to six. Really looking forward to making a difference there!

All in all, it was a pretty good week!

Friday & the weekend!

Friday was spent thinking about the future through great conversations with potential new Rainmakers and potential future clients. It was also the last day at school for the munchkins who have had an incredible year. There was even time to enjoy family time watching Max, my eldest, playing cricket in the grounds of the incredible Belvoir Castle before a far more raucous evening there the following night in the company of Pete Tong and his heritage orchestra! It was one hell of a night! Sunday was very slow indeed!


So this Weeknote thing has been good! I like it!

A great opportunity to reflect on the week that was. I may be back for more!