Speculating about the Future of Government 2030+
In the course of the FTA2018 conference, about 25 people gathered to ideate about future forms and processes of decision making. International foresight and design experts met with public servants from the European Commission that are working on public administration innovation. This interesting group was provoked by two future persona stories from the Future of Government 2030+ project that were build up in a series of citizen dialogues throughout Europe. The story of Marie and Carlos triggered a citizen-centric analysis of the needs that people put on government in the future. The participants developed analysed what Marie and Carlos want, need, desire and suffer from in the future and ideated new ideas how government and democracy might work in the future. Let us have a glimpse about the ideas generated:
Two teams made proposals to simplify or innovate processes in the workflow: Empowering employees describes the idea how to overcome hurdles institutions with heavy procedures by simplifying and rationalizing them. This idea allows the workers to review the procedures and co-design them on the basis of the knowledge about daily workflows. Government provides the regulatory frameworks and provides the freedom to adapt and change the nitty-gritties of how to get the work done.
Another group developed a tool to collaborate with people with similar issues to solve problems. The care cloud matches people and facilities real-life meetings to brainstorm and develop solutions. The AI behind mediates the collaboration and oversees the many different system change initiatives; this helps managers to learn and unlock hurdles that were detected at several spots in further spaces of the system.
Other teams worked on the question how political decision making might be further enriched. The regulatory process proposes and enriched safe space for connecting different actors to the policy making circle. The ecosystem of professional public affairs industry influencing policy makers has to be opened and extended. Beyond stakeholders, citizens are added to the virtual and physical platform to cede into politics. The platform is user friendly, anonymized and allows putting the citizen and humanity to be in the centre of policy making.
Agora brings participation in policy making to the places where people go and meet: to the supermarket. People bring their wishes, needs and proposals to the agora, have a place to meet and discuss, learn, share and by the way get their shopping done in an integrated way.
Participation could also be take place as a rather continuous initiative, where your voice is heard for many different topical issues. Poll on the wrist allows citizens to participate continuously in politics but also in multinationals. The value of benefiting in co-decision making, open innovation, co-creation and -production activates business, government and individuals to work for a better society.
Combining foresight and design approaches brought interesting ideas in a short session whose results will be used as seeds for further discussion on the future of government.