Steve Dale, Community & Collaboration Ecologist

Stephen is a passionate community and collaboration ecologist, creating off-line and on-line environments that foster conversations and engagement. Stephen’s considerable experience as an information and knowledge management professional has enabled him to blend technology solutions with an in-depth understanding of behavioral characteristics that encourage people to self-organize, collaborate and co-create.

He is both an evangelist and practitioner in the use of Web 2.0 technologies and Social Media applications to support personal learning and knowledge sharing.

He was the business lead and information architect for the local government community of practice platform, the largest and most advanced online practitioner group in the UK public sector. More recently, Stephen has been engaged as the lead consultant and product architect for the LG Group’s Knowledge Hub, an innovative product that connects communities of practice with data applications and market intelligence.
Stephen’s current and previous clients include Creative Partnerships, 3i plc, Reuters Ltd, Papillon Technology, East Kent Hospitals University Trust, Kent County Council, East Lindsey District Council, the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP), the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR, now BIS), the Central Office of Information (COI), the Office for National Statistics (ONS), The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS, now BIS), the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), Local Government Group (LGG) and London Deanery
Stephen is a regular contributor to professional journals and magazines and is currently Chairman of the Online Information Executive Committee.
Recent Publications:
•    Creating a Knowledge Ecology for Public Services, Management Innovation Exchange, July 2011
•    Surviving and Thriving as a 21st Century Information Professional, Business Information Review, March 2011
•    Case Study: Communities of Practice in Local Government, 2 years of learning, published September 2010
•    Turning Conversations to Collaboration, published January 2009
•    Utilizing Web 2.0 Technologies in Local Government, published in IT Adviser Autumn 2008
Case Study: Communities of Practice in Local Government, published February 2008