All 143 past commscamp and commscampnorth sessions set out in a great big lovely list


There’s been a frankly staggering 143 sessions at the seven commscamp and commscampnorth events since they started.

Each one has lasted up to 45-minutes and has at times generated rather heated debate.

New ideas have been shaped.

Old ideas have been trashed.

If traditional events with slides are what someone thinks people want to hear of past achievements then the unconference is a chance to tackle what is next. There’s a space for both.

Since they started 800 attendees have come along, pitched a session, met new people, baked cakes and learned things.

But what would a list of all the sessions look like?

I thought it high time to look back at the sessions to see what they looked like. So here is that list.

What strikes me is that I’d love to have been to lots of the sessions on the list I never got chance to get to.

Who wouldn’t want to go to a session called: “How to avoid looking like a Nazi”?

I’ll bet the small team comms session was good but I think I caught the last 10 minutes.

Reading through makes me excited for the two events planned for 2018. If you are coming you can add to that.

How great is that?

A list of sessions

Here’s a snapshot of previous topics. The list has 2013 at the bottom and as time passes the most recent sessions are towards the top.

  • Income generation.
  • Dealing with viral social media posts.
  • How to live stream.
  • Comms and professionalism.
  • GDPR: WTF???
  • How to avoid looking like a nazi.
  • Media monitoring.
  • Creating a social calendar for staff.
  • Re-branding.
  • Non-profits seek public sector partners for love and comms.
  • Help and positive stories co-production, please.
  • Supporting non-comms to use social media.
  • Image banking
  • Data story telling.
  • Ideas for your next campaign.
  • Writing a design brief.
  • Applying games technology.
  • What have we learned about emergency comms this year?
  • Video and virtual reality.
  • Inclusive and accessible comms.
  • Team welfare.
  • Motive people to tell stories when change is all around them.
  • Place marketing.
  • Open data.
  • Facebook groups.
  • The press officer is dead long live the press officer.
  • How to make joint campaigns work
  • Therapy.
  • Blogging platforms and tips.
  • The skills and confidence to change sector.
  • Nudge.
  • How do we do our jobs ethically?
  • Middle manager comms.
  • We need to talk about transformation.
  • How to show colleagues how busy we are.
  • Elections group hug.
  • Photography top tips.
  • Employer engagement.
  • Agile and digital: what can we learn from it?
  • Tiny teams.
  • Social media in a crisis.
  • Customer segmentation: sharing best practice.
  • GCS: What it is and what it can do.
  • A get things off your chest session.
  • Social media resources and evaluation.
  • How to handle trolls.
  • Creating a culture of staff advocacy.
  • Infographics.
  • Digital collaboration.
  • Comms for budget consultation.
  • Evaluation and impact.
  • Legal and trolling.
  • Councils doing stupid things.
  • Kinder comms.
  • Social media and algorithms.
  • One person or small team support group.
  • Internal comms.
  • Change what you are facing at the moment.
  • Social media management.
  • Communicating across health and social care.
  • Engaging in a fractured landscape.
  • Reviewing internal comms.
  • Integrating social media.
  • Brexit and PR. Discuss.
  • Bullying.
  • Video comms.
  • Therapy.
  • Digital advertising.
  • Universities and other comms working together.
  • Comfortable communications.
  • How to manage comms in uncertain times.
  • Practical tips of prioritising.
  • Snapchat.
  • LinkedIn.
  • Saying ‘no’ to Twitter.
  • Comms and Pokemon Go.
  • What do you need to lead?
  • How are we doing?
  • Therapy.
  • Communicating with a single voice.
  • What are the big comms priorities?
  • ‘And another thing…’
  • How do we engage?
  • WhatsApp.
  • My intranet is worse than yours.
  • Video beyond YouTube.
  • Is Facebook dead?
  • Media law and comms.
  • DIY comms.
  • Innovative ways of listening to lesser heard services.
  • Failcamp. What failed and what I learned. Chatham House rule.
  • Instagram and the local community.
  • What would you do with £500,000 for a social media campaign?
  • Periscope? What is it for?
  • Influencing the top bosses.
  • Paid social media?
  • Comms planning.
  • Evaluation GCS performance framework.
  • 40,000 people to engage and no money to do it with.
  • Collaboration in crisis scenarios.
  • Online community management.
  • Legal advice.
  • To video or not video.
  • Environment Agency flooding comms tips.
  • Data visualisation.
  • How are we doing?
  • Nudge and behaviour change.
  • Should we be using new channels like Snapchat?
  • Doing the intranet with comms teams.
  • Making content work harder.
  • What digital skills do we need?
  • Content marketing?
  • Strategies for engaging.
  • Communicating with businesses.
  • Change Cambridge.
  • Online newsrooms.
  • How to transform internal comms.
  • Sharing creative campaigns.
  • Digital budgeting for policy.
  • Wikipedia.
  • CPD for comms.
  • Thunderclap and digital campaigns.
  • Working with the voluntary sector.
  • Geographical hashtags.
  • Working with the voluntary sector.
  • Any WordPress questions answered.
  • Networked culture change.
  • Twitter is pointless. Discuss.
  • Better strategic planning.
  • Are comms the blockers?
  • Social media listening and monitoring.
  • What can I do now my team has been slashed in half?
  • Managing comms risk.
  • Culture change.
  • Future comms.
  • Quick agile web user testing.
  • What we need isn’t a comms plan.
  • How to tame your dragon.
  • Lone comms people.
  • Change and your community.
  • Comms teams under stress.

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Picture credit: Nigel Bishop.


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