2031 — A Digital Odyssey

A renaissance in service delivery

Looking back from 2031, we’ll see that we were on the cusp of enlightenment. The cusp of an age of data, orchestration and automation. We’d see that in 2021, we rose to the precipice of a renaissance that had its genesis catalysed by a pandemic not seen in a century. As with any renaissance driven by a traumatic event:

“It’s always darkest before the dawn” Dan Brown (also Florence and the Machine)

‘Solid’ Ledgers

One of the first areas of change will be with the realisation that with technologies like blockchain and distributed ledgers, the challenges of centralisation, localisation and data sharing can crumble away; both technically and politically.

Council Composition from a Data/Function perspective
Simplification One — Property Block Chain
Exploded property data model / sample data items
AI based 2D to 3D conversion
Augmented Reality Visualisation of future planning developments

A blockchain of people

The moniker ‘Solid’ ledger from earlier was no accident. 30 years ago, a British chap Tim Berners-Lee invented what has become the internet. That same Tim has a new open-source wonder called Solid. In the same way the ledgers are described above, Tim provides the concept of pods, which are enable citizens to give granular control of their data to external organisations.

Simplification Two —Interlinked People and Property Block Chains
Exploded person data model / sample data items

Chain reactions

Let’s illustrate the power of what we’ve described by way of an example. The most fundamental of the life events is moving home. It also happens to be a great exemplar of a chain reaction. So in this move:

  • Person 1 is selling home A in Council X to Person 2 and is buying/moving into home B with Person 3 in Council Y
  • Person 2 is buying home A in Council X having moved out of their parents home C in Council X
  • Person 3 is renting home D in Council Z and is also buying/moving into home B in Council Y
  • Person 4 will be renting home D in Council Z having moved out of their parents home E in Council Z
A single person’s interaction as a part of moving home
Synchronised Data Exchange Between Ledgers and Councils

Boiling the ocean

Many large scale government projects have resulted in wild economic waste. Caused by focusing on technology rather than an outcome. The creation of distributed property/person ledgers is of course ambitious and could be seen as attempting to ‘boil the ocean’. But this does not need to be done overnight nor nationally at the outset and there’s a might big reason to do it.

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won — Winston Churchill



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John McMahon

John McMahon

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