Just posted on the Huffington Post Great Workplace Cultures, What Can Business Decision Makers Learn from Brexit? reviewing lessons on making complex decision via vote. Brexit refers to the referendum vote by Britain to pull from the EU. As colleague Chris Matts pointed out in the comments on the Huffington Post-Great Work Cultures, the decision by the public has not been converted to a final commitment to the EU so the politicking continues. Strategy is critical as the vote was not convincing to anyone watching unless you’re on the ‘leave’ side, in which case it looks definitive.
Out of the sense making still wrestling in the news after the surprising outcome comes an awareness, for me at least, that voting as a means for deciding the fate of nations is not fit for the times, particularly applied to a complex question. It begged the question,
‘What mechanism will capitalize on the wisdom of the crowd, build empathy and deliver a decision made collaboratively?’
Recognition that voting isn’t the best tool could well be the origin of former Prime Minister Kim Campbell’s comment: “Democracy is a blunt instrument.” No ready answer comes to mind but bits of the ingredients do. Platforms like the collective intelligence forecasting site Almanis could be adapted or combined with other platforms.
Like it or not humanity is evolving so the tools we use to work and live together must also evolve. Philip Horvath wrote this lovely article on Medium called Brexit and the Inevitability of Planetary Evolution which puts evolution in a wider context.
Not just business decision makers can learn from Brexit. Politicians can too. Rather than wade into the mire of who was right or wrong, lied to or victimized, or a host of other emotional responses perhaps it is time to step back and become more creative. There will be a time in the not distant future when another complex question needs to be answered by the populace of a country. I would prefer that no citizen be left behind or minimized by the duality thinking and the conflict voting activates while producing a decision that forges a better future ahead.