In politics, you are either motivated to engage or be seduced.
I've been thinking about this for a long time. Everybody looks at why people do not get politically involved. The seduction is great because it leads to power. People want power because you get it by having followers who perceive you as a leader.
Other benefits that accrue may not be immediate or tangible but they come from the high level of self-esteem and self-assurance that you attain by being a leader.
Technology offers more ways than ever for Americans to interact with their government, yet the turnout for the 2014 midterm elections was the lowest in 72 years. Even though citizens can read bills online, email their legislators and follow politicians on Twitter, many opt out of the political process.
But apathy isn’t an option for forward-thinking CEOs. While the business mantra is “the customer is always right,” the addendum today is, “the government is always right...
Over the weekend, on the car radio, I heard parts of the Global Citizen conference in New York City and some of the speakers talked about the importance of citizen engagement, of changing the world, of coming together with like minds and really being a powerful influence and force on society, politicians and their communities.
They urged everybody to go out and be empowered. They said they should register and vote. The crowd loved it. Why wouldn’t they? It feels good.
The purpose of a debate is to arrive at a decision. The point of arriving at a decision is to review options. And the reason for reviewing options is to attain clarity around the problem or issue that you’re trying to resolve. Essentially, a decision is like a vote.
The reason that you engage in debate is to explore options, the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. So when you debate, you are evaluating multiple options in order to determine what the best course of action...
We should get money out of politics. Everyone says it is corrosive and corrupts.
But ask any candidate who lost his last campaign if he could have used more money and I think he’ll say yes.
The problem is not too much money. The problem is narrowly focused sources of money. Narrow money doesn’t work. In plain English, narrowly focused funding sources empower special interests.
In one sense, we don’t like special interests...
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