It’s been an epic week for our budding #LocalDigital Collaboration Unit (LDCU). Wednesday saw the culmination of 6 months of workshopping and text drafting with hundreds of collaborators to launch a Local Digital Declaration.
It’s a common aspiration for local public services written by over 40 organisations, and one we hope everyone delivering these services can sign up to.
It’s a proud moment for those who’ve been trying to help councils collaborate on digital projects for years. But it’s also the start of a daunting new mission: to realise the Declaration ambition as quickly as possible.
Mission Declaration Delivery
I wrote about the problem we’re setting out to address in my last blog post. Basically, we want to create the conditions for councils to build wonderful, cost-effective, and life-improving local services quickly.
This means ‘fixing our digital plumbing’, developing and adopting common technical and design standards. We need these to join things up better and offer better, cheaper local public services. We also want to make it easier for local service teams to buy, design, build and iterate their services.