Our big vision

HS2 rail link, a new idea for some when it arrived on the front page news this week. However, not for others, who look to benefit from the new connections… in about 13 years.

It’s a missed opportunity for our UK government that often some things appear like this from them that seem like half thought-out plans when I’m sure they’re not…. right? I mean who would order a ‘high-speed’ rail service that barely cuts commuting times? Why has it been approved if its benefits aren’t that clear?

What would be great from now on is to negate that appearance of half baked ideas. Maybe a site that offers a even a glimpse of transparency from the government’s big Vision ideas. An accessible and publicised ‘Vision’ site. Somewhere all those huge and mini ideas are displayed clearly and with a few simple pros and cons. Allowing people to see and mostly, share the vision link with their comments and thoughts around their social networks. Posing difficult questions, alternate thoughts and clever solutions.


The government could capture the conversation, use it and respond where necessary early. I know full well that we won’t please everybody, however, at least their input counted and the go-ahead is less of a surprise.

By Dan Course

Senior Instructional Designer. Partnerships, people, products, delivery, agile tech and online edu. Naturally curious, innovative and willing to challenge the status quo.

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