Session type:

Case Study

Presented by:

Benny Souto

London Borough of Camden

Hugh Smith

London Borough of Camden

Sophie Taylor

London Borough of Camden

Session time:

20 Sep 14:00 15:50

Session duration:

90 minutes

About the session

A case study of our work on Universal Basic Services, which focuses on lifting the baseline of public services we all should have access to. 

We will cover our journey, from how we convened a wide network of stakeholders and co-designed a model for prototyping with cross-service colleagues, residents and wider partners and supporters of the work, to how we’re seeing our role as Policy Designers in local government to shape our public services for the future - moving away from a crisis-response mindset to a bold reimagining of what our social infrastructure should be and our role in delivering it. 

This session will include a case study presentation and an interactive activity presenting some of the tools we have used.

Participant takeaways:

  • What is UBS?
  • Our role as Policy Designers: holding the ambition of the future within the current paradigm
  • A series of reflections on the different tools and methods used (including a board game for the future!) with different stakeholders 
  • How they're convening a network of Local Authorities to test and collaborate with us
  • The wider benefit of working with a network of diverse Local Authorities
  • Some tools to use with your own communities and how to use them when creating and prototyping a new status quo


Policy Design, Futures Thinking, Imagined Futures, Communities, Three horizons, Policy games, Reactive to proactive

This session:

  • Includes interaction

About the speaker(s)