The Kractal Project is a non-partisan, multi-disciplinary research activity, examining the productivity and future operation of public services as we enter the digital age of human development.
This research is being carried out by Christopher Sampson, experienced Chief Information Officer, honorary adjunct professor in the University of Tasmania, founder of Digital Society Foundation and associate of the Institute of Sustainable Futures in the University of Technology Sydney.
In carrying out this research, my objective is to better understand the fundamental problems driving the cycle of public service cost cutting and taxation increases that our current system seems to be locked into…and to find a way forward which can enable more efficient, effective and sustainable public services.
I am formulating an iterative and testable approach to tackling the fiscal and management challenges that governments are facing around the globe – in particular the problem of fiscal imbalance whereby the economic cost of the common good within a jurisdiction is outstripping the ability for that jurisdiction to sustainably fund the ongoing maintenance of infrastructure and provision of services.
My research is taking a step back to look at how this overall macro issue could be managed into the future, through improved harnessing of modern internet-oriented technologies and advances in our understanding of systems thinking across all aspects of society.
A key part of this research is the re-imagination of the ‘common good’ from an existing, industrial-age-designed, multi-tiered civil service, to a new collaborative and systemic model facilitated through a public digital infrastructure, enabling the orchestration and knowledge-sharing needed to effectively and efficiently manage public services in an environment of growing complexity and constant change.
My research contends that a fundamentally re-designed approach to managing the common good within a society can improve productivity to such an extent that higher quality and more inclusive public services can be achieved at much lower costs, leading to sustainability across each thematic domain.
The research project is structured into three main themes:
- Understanding the problem – the slow-burning platform of industrial-age government
- Future Vision – how advances in technology and our understanding of systems thinking might power a brighter future
- The Kractal Framework – a proposed approach to highly productive and sustainable public services for the 21st century
This blog summarises my research to date.
I hope to stimulate discussion and collaboration across social sciences, information sciences and other fields to create a sustainable future for public services across all communities.
I will be adding more content to this blog over time and establishing an interactive discussion forum. For more information please contact me here.
Thanks for your interest.