Alternative Camden - Ideas




What is it?
A contract that enables citizens to be involved in the making and maintaining of public infrastructure – e.g. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).

Why is it useful?
Currently public procurement doesn’t allow for lots of small contracts between the council and individuals. This prevents citizen participation and innovation in providing much needed public infrastructure.

We could develop a smart procurement contract template to enable hundreds of distributed micro-contracts between multiple suppliers across the borough. Embedded within the contracts could be context specific and dynamic public liability and insurance frameworks, used to enable community participation and verify works carried out.

Who would need to be involved?
  • Camden Council
  • Camden residents
  • Machine-readable contract experts
  • Public procurement specialists
  • Public liability & insurance experts

Where do we start?
  • Identify and map existing policy that governs procurement contracts.
  • Host design workshop with procurement policy and smart contract experts, alongside Camden Council and community representatives to develop proposal.
  • Work with machine-readable policy experts to convert proposal to a machine-readable format.
  • Develop a digital contract and trial with procurement of non-critical infrastructure or service.
  • Iterate and test proposal with Camden Council and central government procurement representatives.

Some thoughts…
  • Could procurement contracts become outcome-based, what are the metrics?
  • How is the quality of outcome assessed and verified, would there need to be an accreditation scheme?