I went to an event earlier in the summer of 2019 that was run by Oxfordshire Greentech. It was really interesting and made me think a bit more broadly about the way that Geoger (I?) impact on the environment. As a physical geographer and keen environmentalist I am aware of many of the issues around … Continue reading Environmental thoughts
Above my desk are a series of sticky notes, created when I first started Geoger and kept in sight so that I don't lose focus of the type of business I want to run and undertake. One of those notes has written on it 'collaboration not competition'. In the May/June issue of GeoConnexion magazine there … Continue reading Collaboration not competition
I hope that this doesn't come across as a moan, because it isn't meant to. It's more of a query. Why is it that some conferences are so expensive? I'd really like to have attended the three events listed below, but their registration costs are prohibitive for independents and micro businesses (and probably many other … Continue reading Conference costs
If you follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn then you might have seen a recent announcement that I have approached to become, and have been contracted as, a JNCC Business Associate. I am incredibly chuffed with this. Being a Business Associate makes it easier for micro-businesses and freelancers to work with the project teams at … Continue reading JNCC Business Associate
Back in May you may have seen my post about how I use Trello. This is just a quick update to let you know about some additional functionality that I came across. To give a bit of context, I have been looking for a way to share interesting URLs between the Chrome browser on my Linux … Continue reading Trello: An update
Although open source and open data are phrases that have become more common in recent years, there is still some confusion about what the benefits are of each of these. In this short blog post, I will go through a few of the key reasons why the open philosophy is a good one. Community support … Continue reading Why open up?
Ahh, the fun of creating business names. Over the years there have been some questions about how to pronounce Geoger. The correct way to do so is as in "jogger". I fear that I was trying to be too clever with my naming strategy, but let me explain the rationale behind it. The idea was … Continue reading Geog-errr?
There are a lot of blog posts and sites that tell us all how we are supposed to be living the life we want, whilst making it have purpose and also being super successful. Many of them are carbon copies of each other. Maybe the post I am about to reference is just another one … Continue reading Why are you doing that?
Over the past 5 years that I've been working for myself, I've been asked quite a few times - "Why did you set up Geoger?" There are many reasons for that, and I'll cover some of them here as well as touch on what my vision was for the company. I started Geoger in August … Continue reading Why go independent?
At Geoger, I believe that project management should be: Light touch Low effort Effective Collaborative Open and clear With this in mind, I tend to use two main project management systems to keep track of progress when I am contracted to be the PM. One of these is a 'master spreadsheet' with a custom built … Continue reading Manage that project