Paul was the expert futurist for a workshop process on August the 27th for the Hobson Bay City Council Community Vision.



Each outside expert was requested to prepare 5 key insights for the community participants to discuss in small groups. The five that Paul prepared (with key points) are as follows:

Driverless Cars

Driverless cars are closer than we think. Uber has announced a trial of their car service in Pittsburgh using driverless vehicles, and Ford has announced that they will be rolling out full scale production of driverless cars for a driverless fleet in 2021. Driverless cars can change the urban landscape by reducing the need for car ownership. A council owned fleet can be part of an integrated public transport solution that takes pressure off other public transport. Parking in busy areas can be eliminated freeing up space for bike lanes, pedestrians and urban parks. Reductions in road trauma have a social benefit but also free up hospital and medical services for other uses/reduce the need for future capital investment.

Localised Solar Markets

 Solar costs are rapidly falling. Trials are being carried out in community solar grids using smart software systems (Blockchain grid to let neighbours trade solar power in Australia). Integrated solar community power should be part of the response to climate change and costs.

BlockChain Enabled Democracy

 The BlockChain is the software that underpins Bitcoin. Trials are going on all over the world on the use of the system as a distributed public ledger that allows us to do all sorts of things such as voting and trading. Such systems can be used to continue the involvement in community visions on an ongoing basis rather than as a one off exercise

Drone Mapping

 As the costs of drones fall and their capabilities rise we can make sophisticated 3 d maps of our environments. Combined with virtual reality we can use this in our local community to provide a much better interaction with the community on planning decisions

Future of Work

The history of automation of work has been the elimination of repetitive tasks. We are now moving into an era where more and more non -repetitive tasks can be performed by robots and artificial intelligence. This provides opportunities to reduce the costs of council services while providing greater value to the community. A wider question is what does that look like for society as a whole and the local region in particular. What does it do to the industries of the future, the employment of the future and levels of unemployment.

The presentation focused on the development customer value propositions and testing them for the future as well as a value mapping process for looking at all the capabilities to supply the value proposition and where change is occurring.


As usual our presentations are designed to be an experience for those that attend and do not contain lots of detail (we hate bullet points on PowerPoint with a passion). If you are interested in an online meeting presentation with an overview to see if the presentation might work for your organisation then contact us and we will organise a time for an online webinar