Guest blog: Council of the Future: What Next?

It is the second year techUK is running the Council of the Future campaign. It has been great reading all the insights on what the buildings blocks to the ‘council of the future’ are. Blogs have ranged from the technologies reimagining local public services to the importance of leadership in driving a digital mindset throughout the council.

Ricky Morton of London Borough of Newham describes the ‘council of the future’ as efficient, engaged and effective and one that will be open, smart and all about commitment, community and collaboration. It sets out an ambitious vision with blogs from Andrew Lawson, Salesforce describing how we build a digital mindset to achieve the vision. There are lots of building blocks that go into creating the environment for establishing the ‘council of the future’ – from data, standards, cyber resilience and many more – and the blogs from this week explore all this. You can catch-up on all the blogs here.

To realise the full potential of technology takes a collaborative approach. Both suppliers and councils need to work together. A member put it well at an event recently saying we should move away from the term ‘supplier’ to ‘partner.’ Suppliers are a key part of the local government eco-system and have a pivotal role in helping to create the conditions for successful transformation. That is why techUK signed the Local Digital Declaration this summer, and have held two workshop to bring together the supplier community to shape the response and their commitment to it. We have three exciting projects as a result and you can read more details on what they are and what happened at the last workshop on the Ministry for Housing and Local Government blog.

Future Gazing

While we look to the future, it’s also important to remember all the good things happening now. As such, we will be reflecting and celebrating the past year in local government transformation – what have been the technologies re-defining service delivery, they key trends and looking to 2019 on what the emerging technologies disrupting the sector are at our Future Gazing: Where Next for Local Government Tech in 2019? Event on 12 December. Join us for our end of year local government celebration, you can register here.

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