https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2015/06/29/transatlantic-mind-melding-usds-18f/

Trans-Atlantic mind-melding with USDS and 18F

 

USDS visits GDS - smiles all round

Last week we welcomed visitors from the US Digital Service and 18F over here for the best part of a week to swap stories, experiences, and mistakes.

It. Was. Great.

What did we learn? An awful lot. We learned that, despite our very different political and organisational structures, we have a lot in common.

US Digital Service visiting GDS - menbers of both teams sat around a table talking

We realised that sharing is the most important thing we can do in the future. Those stories, experiences, and mistakes become so much more powerful when more people hear about them.

And we concluded that the best way to keep sharing is not just by swapping those stories electronically, but in person, face to face. We need to share people, just as much as we share pain and process.

Thanks once again, American friends. You're welcome back here any time. But you knew that already.

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