Stalking for dummies

I’ve turned into a bit of an internet stalker lately, ever since researching this “where are they now?” piece for Insurance Times. It’s extraordinary what even a half-hearted Google search can throw up about the most ordinary people. So, for this Inside Housing careers feature, I was fascinated to discover how recruiters use the internet to check up on potential employees, and how people with a less-than-professional online presence can wipe it squeaky clean. It seemed to hit a nerve in the housing sector anyway – the story was one of the most read articles on the website for weeks afterwards.

“Give everyone in Britain £1m to spend”

Why have a brainstorming session when you can hold a Dragons’ Den? That’s the thought process that seems to be taking place in organisations across the public and private sectors, and social housing is no exception. And as I discovered in this article for Inside Housing, no Den would be complete without sneery judges and emotionally scarred contestants…

Back to the future

One of the most eye-opening, exhausting and enthralling few days I’ve spent lately involved trawling through 25 years – that’s about 1250 issues – of Inside House magazine for its anniversary issue. The world – and social housing – was a very different place in 1984 under the Tories but, by the time I’d read all the way back to the present, the irony of where New Labour’s policies have ended up was overwhelming.