What would spur the 500,000 into action?

There’s strength in numbers, but as I explored / mused recently in Vanity metrics, are the Labour membership numbers really that strong?

Recently on the Labour Party Facebook page there has been a flurry of polls and conversation. And it made me wonder where are the Labour Party’s touch points for debating and ultimately calling on us to take unified action? Do these conversations lead to people leaving their chairs and taking action?

We have 500,000 members, but at any one time can we spur more than 5% them into action?

Emails, my guess is that emails are the most reliable form of making initial contact with them majority of numbers, but I wonder if their resulting action/goal is actually even close to 10%?

The Facebook Page has apparently 600,000+ members, however any one discussion won’t see more than 200 interactions for a poll, or maybe 25 replies on a conversation.

Again, when we look at the ward meetings in certain CLP space, we see at best 10 from membership of 600, showing how few people actually take part. It seems this assumption may be true, according to Keith.


Is the party as strong as it actually believes it is? Following up on the vanity metrics post, are we in dire need of addressing our touch points for conversing, and ultimately leading to action.

I believe there’s strength in unified action, but if we aren’t all interacting in the same place and leaving our armchairs, maybe there isn’t that much strength stored up?

Is the party as strong as it actually believes it is?

Featured image from, https://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/beware-the-armchair-general/

The Labour party and vanity metrics


After joining the Labour Party we are told we have 500,000 members which is a very exciting metric! However my experience tells me that’s partly a vanity metric (see https://techcrunch.com/2011/07/30/vanity-metrics/). Yes, the high number may make other people come join as it’s clearly a growing exciting movement, however, is “total members” a useful sum for the aim of, “preparing for power”?

500,000 members is a vanity metric for the Labour Party

The Labour party prides itself on being a party of action, able to rally people to go door knocking at a moments notice and join a march every weekend. However, I wonder how true is that really and what metrics would represent that? For a party of action, I suspect it’s a case of something similar to these,

  • number of members doing, “an action” for Labour each month
  • number of for those attending Ward meetings

Out of 500,000 members, how many will turn up at the doors? How many attend a ward meet? How many will frequently sit at a phone bank for the elections?

So how can we say, find out the actual numbers who can do actioning, too, increase those numbers frequently? Maybe head office have something on it, but I was just pondering our metrics to show if we really are, “preparing for power”.


Creating Value from your Ward meeting

Just got my first post approved on the Labour Party Facebook Group, huzzah.

It’s to understand what other people see as good value activity in their regular ward meeting. Also, it’s to follow up on the top activities and comments to see if we can start eeking’ value from the meets.

Honestly I expect people to say they’d like to do more actionable activities and see JC occasionally (that’s what I want), however we’ll see!



My first Labour Ward meeting

In one word. Passionate.

In more than one word, that was well interesting. Lots of re-joined and new Labour members all packing into a room on a chilly autumn night. Everyone easily fired up after a few months of “no meetings please” from the NEC.

The director chap from Coventry Migrant centre started us off with his story about entering the UK and being, “sent to Cov” and enlightened us with all the work the centre is doing.

The main agenda briefly started out with intros, which quickly turned to JC which quickly turned to the next election, which quickly turned to Brexit and rounded down onto the local library and mass tax avoidance.

Crumbs. That’s a lot for 20 locals to be interested in.

Then it got me thinking. We all are here because we wanting to discuss national issues, however, what is the best value we can get from a ward meet?

what is the best value we can get from a ward meet?

Realistically we’re not going to change anything massive. So is it better we fill our evenings pursuing local affairs and national labour policies at a local level?

Either way, we’ve got passion and a certain pack of interests going, so I wonder how we can harness that?

Group work and the individual

I’ve been fortunate enough to be selected for some great training this month in LEAN and Warwick Uni’s flavour of it, SCD.

However a couple of the sessions really highlighted the difference between “working on your own first” or “starting in a group”.

When you’re sent off to do a group task on something new, you haven’t had to process the flow, the steps and the outcomes. Then trying to work it out together becomes a mix of people not really able to work together.

But when you give your attendees, time to work and process on their own before hitting the group, often the results are better as we’ve all processed on our own time how things work.

The 1st group event on a Training day is better preceded by some “own time”

After doing a bit of searching, Google Ventures agrees! https://www.fastcodesign.com/3034772/innovation-by-design/note-and-vote-how-google-ventures-avoids-groupthink-in-meetings

Meetings rarely offer individuals time to focus and think. Group brainstorms—where everyone shouts out ideas and builds off one another—can be fun, but in my experience, the strongest ideas always come from individuals.

Well isn’t that good.

2 new Laravel things I’m using

Just wanted to share these two simple things I’ve recently found for Laravel 5.3

1. Repository Generator


This packages just removed about half a day of setting up the backend CRUD per. Model / Entity. A few commands, follow the instructions and then boom, you’ve got a fully functional repository class.

Sure, I’d need to write my on Tests around it performing as “expected”, however, I now have a basic Interface and Abstract which I can use across different Models.

2. Laravel Collective “Custom Components”


Laravel Collective packages have been staple Laravel components for a while now, however I’ve never quite got to down all the docs (just whizzed on with the bits I need).

I’ve found the Custom Components part method. Before I’ve been creating a new “HTML Components” service class and linking up blade template files with that, however, now I can just keep it within the HTML Facade without any trouble. Much cleaner!

Strengths Finder 2.0 – Gallup

Strengths Finder 2.0 – Gallup

My Personal Strengths @dancourse

> 1 Strategic
> 2 Ideation
> 3 Relator
> 4 Includer
> 5 Significance

The book, Strengths Finder 2.0

We all like a good personality quiz, c’mon you’ve been tempted by a few Quizzes on your Facebook profile and Buzzfeed right? You hope they may reveal some insight and reflect some personal characteristics back at you whilst making you accept you may be more Hufflepuff than Gryffindor.

Well the Strengths Finder 2.0 by Gallup is a professional version of horoscopes / Buzzfeed questionaries for your working life. It offers you insight into your strengths, personality traits and supplies action plans.

The main drive for this “Strengths only approach” is the theory that your Effort multiplied by your Strengths will give you bigger gains than working tirelessly on your weaknesses for minimal gain.

Strengths X Effort = Maximum results

So ignore the weaknesses, multiply your talent and boss it.

I’ve done DISC profiles before with Inge, and I’ve had nearly a similar benefit from this. You get reaffirmation of your values back to you, but with this, it comes with dropping the baggage of your weaknesses and only aiming to take action on your Strengths.

The book, Strengths Finder 2.0