Group of people eating on a backyard. Photo by Lee Myungseong on Unsplash.
Group of people eating on a backyard. Photo by Lee Myungseong on Unsplash.

Last year we wrote about how we’ve tried to apply our good principles and distinctive company practices to the way we’re trying to grow the business.

I wrote particularly about how we’re trying to use demographic data about the Convivio team to help us understand who we are now, and…

Fragile new broadleaf tree shoots for the next section of the Heart of England Forest
Fragile new broadleaf tree saplings for the next section of the Heart of England Forest

Last year Convivio made a commitment to support tree-planting, to play our part in helping to save the planet.

This is the pledge we made:

  1. three percent of our profits to support tree-planting;
  2. three days each per year to help plant and prune;
  3. make our tech to be climate neutral.

Standing woman taking a pose wearing a white dress. Photo by Sergio Souza from Pexels
Standing woman taking a pose wearing a white dress. But how well does she know Kevin Bacon? Photo by Sergio Souza from Pexels.

In our recent projects we have found ourselves working with increasingly larger amounts of information and substantially more complex data. Largely, we have been able to rely on our tried-and-tested approaches to handling that data, and we’ve managed fairly well in our projects in the most part. However, we’ve also…

Tree plantation in the Heart of England Forest project, Spernall, Warwickshire
Tree plantation in the Heart of England Forest project, Spernall, Warwickshire

All of us at Convivio are conscious of our impact on the world, but in recent years we have all become more aware of the climate crisis that the world now faces. Global heating is a real and present danger causing dramatic changes to the planet. …

A healthy feast for lots of people. Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash.

We are now approximately three years into growing our agency business. In that time we’ve put in place some really good principles, which have been established in many healthy practices throughout the business, such as our approach to healthy agency finances, publishing our annual financial results (2018, 2017) and being…

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He was twenty minutes late, uncharacteristically. He had sounded distressed on the phone, but he was always reliably on time, even when tense or upset. After twelve years together you know someone. You know what they like for breakfast; you know how they respond to bad drivers; you know the…

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Characters are at the core of stories. The events in characters’ lives, and the reasons those events are connected, unfurl the patterned cloth of the plot. Without characters in whatever form they take, animal, vegetable or mineral, events happen without meaning. Characters have a point of view; characters are able…

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Large digital services are entirely normal in the modern world. There’s lots of them around and we use them every day, and because we use them every day they need to be resilient, to withstand the scale of demand they experience.

I’ve written previously about the importance of testing the…

“books on bookshelf” by chuttersnap on Unsplash

I wrote a blog post last year about getting back to reading fiction again after finishing my PhD, and reading novels in particular:

I use Goodreads to keep a track of things I’ve read, and especially to note the things that I would like to read, often when a book…

Joe Baker

Husband, Dad, Writer, Developer and PhD in religion and narrative from Bristol University. Tech Lead at Convivio, the collaboration company.

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