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“When I tried to design organizations purely from my own intellect,” Robertson says, “I always got it wrong. I’d design solutions for problems that didn’t exist. Other parts were overdesigned. We’d end up solving problems that would never come up in practice, and then you’d miss the ones you actually needed to solve. You can’t know enough.”
"If someone comes to me super-frustrated, borderline angry,” he says, “that’s actually a really good sign to me, because it means they’re at least trying to understand it.”
Or maybe the person is having to deal with an abusive co-worker. How is that handled?
Experts might be particularly biased against new ideas*, but most people aren't too fond of creativity either. In fact, they can be downright hostile.
A 1999 study found that teachers who claim to enjoy creative children don't actually enjoy any of the characteristics associated with creativity, such as non-conformity. A famous 2010 study from the University of Pennsylvania showed that ordinary people often dismiss new ideas, because their uncertainty makes us think, and thinking too hard makes us feel uncomfortable. "People often reject creative ideas even when espousing creativity as a desired goal," the researchers wrote. People are subtly prejudiced against novelty, even when they claim to be open to new ways of thinking.
The cure? Think like a child http://www.success.com/article/think-like-a-child
The voting rights group decision is kind of ironic. Money in politics is distorting the voting process which causes voting rights legislation to be attacked. If your group allows donors to influence your decisions, you are no longer independent. You are an arm and tool of the wealthy donors.
We ran into this problem on a very small scale in an investment club. When few control most of the funds, they also control the organization. Non-profits, and any group wanting fair, democratic equality, must control contributions.
Get money out of politics and the people can democratically control their voting rights.
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