Sharing our side hustles at the Public Sector Design Community meetup

This week we hosted the Public Sector Design Community meetup where attendees had the opportunity to share their side hustles.

About the community

The Public Sector Design Community is for anyone working for the public sector and is involved/interested in designing public services.

They host informal meetups around Scotland for people to share stories and experiences and learn from one another.

We worked with the community to organise their latest meetup on 16 April at Argyle House.

Sharing our side hustles

The topic of the night was side hustles – what do you do outside of your job that keeps you motivated (and maybe even earns you some extra cash)?

Attendees shared a variety of side hustles, including:Attendees discussing their side hustles at the Public Sector Design Community meetup

  • performing as part of bands
  • blogging
  • organising conferences
  • facilitating other meetup/networking groups
  • supporting friends’ business start-ups
  • charity work

Website & Communications contributions

From our team, Duncan Stephen shared his experiences running his own blog for the past 16 years.

Duncan Stephen’s blog

Neil spoke about using his skills in web and design thinking to help friends who are setting up their own websites and digital presences.

I spoke about spending the last six months helping organise the IWMW conference for higher education web teams.

IWMW 2019 website

Learning something new

It was great to hear so many of the attendees speak up about their side hustles. It was the right group size and type of informal atmosphere to get some good discussions going with each presenter.

I also walked away with some useful knowledge – I found out about the Edinburgh Tool Library. Instead of buying your own power drills, ladders or other DIY items that you might use infrequently, you can borrow these tools when you need them from the tool library. Definitely something I’ll be looking into!

Edinburgh Tool Library website

Join the community

If you want to get the latest updates from the Public Sector Design Community, join their mailing list.

Sign up to the Public Sector Design mailing list

If you’re interested in similar meetups but can’t make it after work, get involved with our User Experience community. We host regular lunchtime talks and discussions.

University of Edinburgh UX community

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