Turning positive social, environmental and economic impact into business as usual.

We help countries, sectors and organisations design decentralised data infrastructure that is fit-for-purpose for the 21st century.

For example.

  • working directly with industry leaders and government we have helped the UK, New Zealand and Canada develop their Open Banking and Open Energy strategies
  • working with an enterprise (15,000 staff) multinational, we helped develop their data strategy over a number of years
  • working with a large (500 staff) financial institution, we ran strategy sessions with their board and leadership to frame their data strategy prior to entering a new market

Our clients hire us for our deep domain expertise, our ability to address complex systems challenges and our commercial focus.

We help people map how to deliver value, increase efficiency and address risks.  We engage as a cultural provocateur, catalyst and critical friend: from developing strategic and tactical approaches at board level to empowering delivery teams.

The way we work is similar to a movie studio (developing a movie you’d pick the script, the budget and the timeline). Working together, we help co-create the script, budget and timeline, and hand-pick the team to meet the project needs and deliver. Sometimes we’re co-Directors, other times we’re co-Producers. We’re less ‘consultants for hire’ and more ‘catalyse the making of things’. If it doesn’t work (and halting criteria are key), we start again and do it better. If it does work, we iterate and improve.

Data as infrastructure

Data is a foundational part of our economy, society and environment — we are becoming a data-driven world. However, the rules, principles and practice for data exchange are not yet fit-for-purpose: data flow across businesses, governments and society are creating huge value and causing harm. While we don’t yet have all the answers, we do have some strong compass points and are working to address the opportunities and challenges of shared data at-scale.

Data increases the more it’s connected

Our data strategy development work covers many areas, including the development of principles, practice and standards across:

Business models

Data rights

Liability models

Dispute resolution and redress

Consent management


Value chains

Legal frameworks



Technology architecture

Operating principles

Dgen is a global Constellation of over 80 experts that have been creating and leading businesses for over 20 years. We bring together the private and public sectors to address individual and commercial, community and social needs.

We bring together the web, finance, communications, policy, data, science, the environment, design, art and media. We have catalysed the creation of dozens of companies, the employment of 100’s of people, and £100Ms in measurable impact, and helped to instigate $multi-billion markets. Working together, we have tackled complex challenges ranging from climate change to government transparency; digital supply-chains to open banking.

Harnessing the power of people and machines (aka ‘collective intelligence’), we create positive impact@web-scale on issues that require the coordination of multidisciplinary teams across private, public and third sectors.

Current projects include Open Finance (including Open Banking), Open Energy, Open Life, Open Environment and Open Culture.

We help to frame, define and instrument the data infrastructure strategies of countries, cities and sectors.

Constellations turn positive social, environmental and economic impact into business as usual.


Founded in 1999, Dgen.net is a decentralised network for the digital generation.

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