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Let’s vote on it

Voting with a capital “V” is fraught. It happens rarely, it’s fairly permanent and thus momentous. We bring identity and media and politics into a swirl, spending billions of dollars to create something that feels both fruitless and participatory at the same time.

Voting uses a 5,000-year-old method to, in a tiny moment of time, have people raise their hands and make a choice.

These sorts of Votes are a ceremony that adorns the way we govern.

But Voting with a capital V actually confuses us about the power we each have to speak up in all sorts of informal ways. We vote (with a small v) every time we discuss who to invite over for dinner, what sort of car to buy, and particularly when it comes to work and commerce, how we’ll accomplish anything as a team.

And technology, which has made it easier than ever for us to collide with other peoples’ ideas (and to collude with them), hasn’t done much to institute useful new ways to vote and to be heard. And when we feel heard, we’re far more likely to connect and commit.

Instead, we rely on traditional status roles, on caste, on signals of strength. We rarely adequately reward wisdom or a good track record when making these decisions, and often the decisions that are confirmed create more team divisions instead of building connection and resilience.

What if we could build a voting layer into our teams and our culture? What if it were community-based, resilient and easy to use? And what if that voting layer allowed us to create new forms of value, new projects and better ways to connect and decide?

For the last year, I’ve been noodling on a plan for a DAO that creates the conditions for a new form of widespread tally. Dozens of really smart and passionate people helped me think about the tech and the implications. The plan I’m sharing below is filled with examples, traditional ideas, new technologies, cultural shifts and a different way of changing the culture while building a layer of the internet.

But this is bigger than me. As I’ve written about before, describing the project and running it are very different things… It needs dedicated leaders ready to commit to building something for the long haul. So I’m publishing the idea here, giving it away and hoping that many people around the world will copy it, improve it, develop it, share it and make it work far beyond what I’ve described.

Here’s the plan for Pluralism. And the published web version. (Static backup version).

Make it yours. Have fun.

Leadership is a choice

It’s such an odd thing to say.

The benefit of the doubt is withheld from many of us, options are unevenly distributed and indoctrination is real.

And yet… no matter where we begin, we each get the choice, every day, to choose to lead.

It’s tragic that the brainwashing runs so deep that we’ve hidden that choice from many people. But it’s there, in areas big and small.

My friends at Akimbo continue to open doors for people who are ready to make that choice. The altMBA’s Regular Decision Deadline is tomorrow, November 2nd for the upcoming altMBA January 2022 session.

And Thursday is the last day to enroll in the next session of the legendary Story Skills Workshop.

The world is changing faster than it ever has before, and we can choose to lead those changes or simply follow them.

“You’re either with us or against us”

This is almost never true.

For just about any issue, behavior, company or movement, the vast majority of people are neither. They might be unaware, they might be unconcerned, they might have a different priority list.

Forward motion happens from two things:

First, creating synchronized, persistent action among the people who are with you.

Second, creating a path where some of the inactive decide to join you.

Insisting that someone choose sides might feel like the satisfying and urgent thing to do, but it rarely leads to enrollment and action.