The Kractal Project is a non-partisan, informal and experimental conceptual systems design and prototyping activity, examining the productivity and future operation of the socio-economic system as we enter the digital age of human development.
This project 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.
My objective is to establish a systemic, adaptive mechanism for gradual, adaptive change to a higher functioning, radically more productive and sustainable socio-economic system which continuously optimises toward socio-environmental balance.
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 public services 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 digital technologies and advances in our understanding of systems thinking, complexity and human behaviour across all aspects of society.
A key part of this research is the re-imagination of the public service apparatus from an existing, industrial-age-designed, multi-tiered civil service, to a new collaborative and systemic ‘team of teams’ model facilitated through a public digital platform, enabling the orchestration and knowledge-sharing needed to effectively and efficiently manage public services in an environment of growing complexity and constant change.
The research project is structured into three main themes:
- Understanding the problem – the slow-burning platform of industrial-age socio-economics and 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 digital age socio-economic transformation
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, peaceful and prosperous future for 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.