Blockchain technology: could it transform digitally-enabled councils?

By Dr Andy Hopkirk, Socitm Head of Research

As the professional network for digital leaders in local public services, Socitm is at one with those that think there is great potential in blockchain technology, and perhaps even a step change on the road to a truly all-digital, open e-economy.

Blockchains underpin Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the first applications of the concept. These ‘digital crypto-currencies’ are viable alternatives to fiat paper money systems. They can operate without the need for a central bank or any other kind of single authoritative organisation to manage the money system and engender trust in it.

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Blockchain technology: could it transform digitally-enabled councils?

The Power of Empowerment: a unique course for women

By Chantelle Denny, Socitm Finance Director, who shares her experiences from a one-of-a-kind training programme

At first I was sceptical about attending the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) course. I don’t for one moment think I know it all, but I have several years’ experience of management and leadership at a senior level, so was this really designed for people like me?

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The Power of Empowerment: a unique course for women

Digital: is it all in the mind?

By Adrian Hancock, Socitm CEO

I am fairly certain I could start reading articles and papers on digital transformation and probably not run out of them before the end of this year – and that’s just the ones published this week! In other words there are plenty of opinions, some of them miles apart or just plain ‘at odds’ with each other.

However, two of them, or at least a couple of points from two of them, struck me as worth more consideration. The first was a study published by Altimeter Group which found that digital transformation in organisations was usually instigated without any drive from senior (C-suite) leadership. It is usually some way down the road, after the vanguard in the organisation have ‘built and proved’the case, begun to win sufficient hearts and minds to get things moving to such an extent that it makes its mark on the horizon of senior managers. See article here

The second, from Wipro, puts the case that the word digital is utterly unnecessary in the phrase ‘digital transformation’. See article here

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Digital: is it all in the mind?

Devolution Demands Digital Delivery

By Jos Creese, Socitm Associate Director

Devolution is unstoppable. Not only devolution from Whitehall to the UK regions, but within regions to cities and down through the tiers of government. It will give more choice and autonomy to communities and to all of us as individual citizens, redefining the importance of ‘place’ – the importance of where we live and work. It will impact greatly on local authorities and their digital agenda.

Here are some of my devolution predictions:

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Devolution Demands Digital Delivery