I'm going to go (with a few friends) to visit Estonia because it is the world's most digitally advanced country.
After becoming an e-Citizen, I've naturally had the chance to talk with others about it.
We've hatched a plan.
Spend a few days there next Summer experiencing it together.
What We Will Do
We're going to set up meetings with leaders in various fields (business, technology, healthcare, infrastructure, government, etc.) to understand how they are operating in the e-future.
Apparently, something like 94% of Estonians pay taxes online (that was 2012) and think about this:
Imagine if your newborn was automatically issued a digital birth certificate and his health insurance started before he even arrives home. Imagine if you could present a registration of residence electronically from your living room. If you could register a new business and a few minutes later you are ready to start trading. If all the data from your healthcare providers were carried in one e-health record. Imagine completing your tax return in five clicks and getting your overpayments digitally transferred into your bank account within 48 hours. In Estonia, these are not cyber dreams; they are reality. source
- Spend 3-4 days in Estonia
- Meet with as many people in as many different fields as possible to understand the impact
- Optional: use your e-citizenship to experience it firsthand
- Meet others who are crazy enough to do this.