What did the election really teach us?
Since the night of Nov. 8th, 2016 and the world found out Donald Trump would be the next President of the United States of America there has been a lot of discussion about what is wrong with our election system. The problem is almost every discussion has missed the real problem, the two party system we have fallen into.
What is wrong with the two-party system?
On the surface, the two-party system in the US may not seem like a bad way to operate. It has served us fairly well for many years. But, it flies in the face of everything we know to be true about problem solving, team building, diversity, and leadership!
How so, you may be asking? Steadily over the years each party has mainstreamed their party philosophy so well that Congress is essentially comprised of 4 members, one from each party in each chamber, instead of the 535 members it is intended to have. When you homogenize such an important team to that level it is no wonder we are seeing the issues we are as a Nation.
Why are more parties the answer?
Professor Scott Page has made a name for himself in the world of diversity, specifically in the area of cognitive diversity. Mr. Page’s research has led to the development of an equation that has been proven fairly accurate in each situation it has been tested against. That equation is; Collective Accuracy = Average Accuracy + Diversity.
What this tells us is the more diversity we add to our teams the higher the accuracy of the final solution. The more important the decision being made the more important the diversity of the team becomes. Think of each party like a unique person on your team. They will each bring a different perspective to the same solution and allow you to view it from more angles. This means the final outcome will be a much better, well-rounded, and more appealing solution than is you just have two parties making it.
Personally, I can’t think of a team that makes grander, more important, decisions than them United States Congress. U.S. Congress makes decisions on a constant basis that have immense global impacts. So why do we leave those decisions, essentially, up to two thought streams?
Now is the time for more parties!
With the importance of Congress’ decisions only rising now is the time for the American voter to embrace the concepts of cognitive diversity and get comfortable exploring, and electing, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th party candidates. We need more perspectives, more eyes on these critical issues in order to come to better solutions.
So, I urge each of you to take this time in between election cycles to do your homework. Find your true voice and let us all lead the way in building a much better team in our United States Congress. This is truly a situation where each and every U.S. Citizen has a leadership role!