This is an image of the Old Bridge Pontypridd , built at the fourth attempt in 1756, by William Edwards over the River Taff, South Wales. Still standing, it was a miracle of engineering and innovation, the worlds longest single span stone bridge for 40 years.
I’ve been using it as the background image for What’s the PONT since I started blogging in 2011.
What’s the PONT is about learning. The things I’ve learnt or find interesting and want to share. Pont is the Welsh for bridge, and ‘What’s the PONT’ is also just that, a bridge. I’m interested in learning and sharing knowledge for the greater good and because I think it is an important and hopefully useful thing to do.
Disclaimer. I need to say that these are my own personal views and opinions and have nothing to do with the views of the organisation I work for, or any of the other organisations I might have any connection with.
About Me. The things I’m currently interested in are:
- How people learn and share knowledge;
- Employee engagement, continuous improvement, innovation; and
- A better society and public services.
I’m native of the South Wales Valleys, spending much of my life within about 10 miles of Pontypridd, which is why the William Edwards bridge is important to me. I’m a scientist by background. I’ve worked in a number of different roles from being a marine biologist, working with fisheries and waste water treatment. Other things I’ve done include being a corporate planner, supporting democracy and public service improvement.
I currently work for the Wales Audit Office as part of the Good Practice Exchange Team. If you want to look at what we do, you can find it here:
The website pages: http://www.wao.gov.uk/goodpractice/goodpracticeexchange.asp
This is me, Chris Bolton, a generic bald bloke. Middle aged, happily married for more than 25 years, three sons, dogs (4), cats (2), chickens (variable).