A seamless day from start to finish
Let’s fast-forward a few years into the future—2035, let’s say. You wake up to notifications prompting you about the state of your city right away. Useful updates, to boot: perhaps road work has begun near your home; on top of simply being informed of the construction, you’re prompted with suggestions regarding the most efficient transportation options available. This prompts you to perhaps take an environmentally-friendly mode of transport—aligning you as a citizen with your city’s commitment to green goals.
As your day unfolds, easy interactions with the government form a bedrock part of your routine. For example, the school year is starting back up, and it’s time to enroll your youngest child in the system. Your local government might prompt you with proactive notifications about available kindergarten spots—the system anticipating your needs.
But participatory democracy is about more than just your individual day—it’s about how you interact with your wider community. That means active citizen participation in the details of government, too. New govtech makes it easy.
Say, for example, you receive a notification of a draft bill or piece of legislation that you don’t have time to read in full. A bureaucratic virtual assistant might summarize the document and present you with a simple, condensed version, making it easy for you to give informed feedback.
Right now, so much of a person’s day is spent trying to figure out how to navigate the system—and often, work around the accidental roadblocks it sets up. But a people-centered government takes the opposite approach, simplifying itself to work for you. That way, you, as a citizen, have more time to live your life on your terms.