I am using the scheduled post feature to publish this for the new year, since with any luck I will be drinking vodka on the side of a mountain somewhere in eastern Europe. However, as I write this the UK is in the grips of Snowpocalypse 3, and who knows if I made it.

Anyway… 2010 began in the grips of Snowpocalypse 2 and was the year we saw the awful Digital economy bill come into law. We had an election of a new government, and the self-destruction of the Liberal Democrats – a party I am sad to say I supported.

It is safe to say that 2010 was a year of change, and for me – although no year is entirely without its stress and upset – overall the year has been exciting and positive, for which I’m thankful.

Professionally, I have been lucky to meet and work along side some of the most incredibly talented and delightful people I’ve ever met – from technological luminaries to emmy award winning journalists to Harvard university faculty to members of the music and media industries.

I’ve had the chance to have creative and strategic input into some awesome projects – some of which are out already, and others I can’t wait to show you.

Personally, I’ve got to travel to some interesting and wonderful parts of the world, sometimes for work and sometimes for play. I’ve got to meet some lovely people and have some awesome experiences I will remember forever, everything from sitting in a park watching the sun set over Berlin to zip-lining off a mountain in Nevada.

I’ve also had the opportunity to satisfy a life long ambition of mine and learn to fly – I will always remember feeling of terror when my instructor sent me on my first solo flight, and the feeling exhilaration and accomplishment once I realised I was flying by myself!

I look forward to finding out what 2011 has in store, I know it is unlikely to end up with me living in the same country as I do currently, but more than that I can’t say…

Bring it on!

So, I’ve been a little bit quiet over the whole Barcamp transparency thing in recent months for one reason or another – but not because nothing has been happening!

As the UK enters into an election year, and with legislation such as the infamous Digital Economy Bill being rushed through parliament, and all parties promising to clean up politics, 2010 looks to be an exciting year for transparency related issues.

I am therefore delighted to confirm that Barcamp Transparency will be happening again later this year, with more speakers, more interesting conversations and more beer afterwards!

Transparency isn’t just a hot topic in the UK of course, so we are currently actively putting together plans for holding similar events elsewhere in the world.  If you would be interested in helping out, please get in touch!

Finally, it has come to light from the conversations that we have been having that there is a need for an online community space to help organise these events and let people from around the world discuss and collaborate on transparency related issues.

Therefore, I am delighted to say that we are currently putting this together and that Ben Werdmuller (of Elgg fame) has agreed to become our Community Manager!

Get in touch and let us know what you want to see in the future!