Great news folks! Dublin City Council Beta Projects has now been corporately adopted!
Late last year, Owen Keegan asked that the Beta concept be reviewed by the council’s senior management team in order to put it on a stronger footing. As a result of that meeting, Beta has now been ‘corporately adopted’ by Dublin City Council.
That essentially means that we’ve now committed to to embed and grow the concept further at Dublin City Council level (for those new to this blog, here’s the City Architects background).
An internal steering group (representative of the various sections of the Council) is being formed to help as required and it’ll hold it’s first meeting in the next fortnight or so.
Some areas where it’ll no doubt be a great asset will be aspects such as helping with our internal information flow regarding trials within the organisation, and also ‘speeding up the corporate metabolism’ (speeding up the process of getting Beta Projects onto the street faster and also the decision-making process once trials have ended).
The Beta Fund concept was also corporately adopted.
It’s going to begin with an initial fund of €20,000 (to put that in context Beta has only spent €8,000 in total over the past 2.5 years) and we’ll review that as needed.
Still “in beta”
The plan is to continue to grow the concept in the bottom-up, organic, solve-as-issues-arise way that it has grown to date…ie Beta itself will continue to still be ‘in beta’, trialling and developing as it goes (including the aspects mentioned above such as steering group and Beta Fund).
Equally all Dublin City Council “trials” and “pilots” and “demonstration projects” and so forth will not necessarily be carried out as “Beta Projects” (ie always the same systematic method) for two reasons…
- It makes sense to allow diversity for when people wish it. Diversity is what allowed Beta to begin and grow. Diversity will likely lead to a better Beta process (eg incorporating an idea that someone somewhere demonstrated by being able to do it their way), which in turn brings us to the second reason…
- If the Beta Project method becomes useful enough, people will wish to use it anyway rather than having to invent their own wheel (ie the Einstein quote “if you want to change something, show people a better way”).
There are some incredibly exciting things coming down the Beta Pipeline (most not even noted there) and, as always, please don’t hesitate to suggest any trial suggestions that you think Dublin should be looking at.
Thanks again everyone for your help to date, and we hope 2015 is a great year for you!