Even if you personally hate politics this article is important because all organizations have some system. Your company, family, or other relationships all operate on a system. Have you considered all the different systems available?
Government is a system of Who Decides and How the decision is made. It often is also mixed in with Who Pays. Whether Monarchy, Republic, Democracy, Dictator, Fascism, or Communism those are all the same basic type, Other Person Decides. Text books, news outlets, pundits, and especially the politicians repeatedly claim they and their flavor of system is different. When you closely examine those systems for Who Decides you see those are all the same type of system. If we really want to find better results we need a different approach. What are the other types?
Using Decider in a Predictive Innovation Alternatives Grid reveals 36 types of Who Decides.
|Same / Stable
|Return to Stable
|1||One person directly decides.
One person directly affected decides.
One person in favor of action decides.
One person who will benefit from action decides.Example:
|One opposing person decides.
One person who will suffer from the decision decides.
One person directly decides against the action.Example:
|One person decides actions of other people.
Other person once.
|One neutral person decides.
One unaffected person decides.
Unaffected person decides once.
One person stays the same.
Same person(s) once.
Decider same as Payer, User, etc.
|Becomes one person.
Person stabilizes once.
|One person fluctuates.
Person fluctuates once.
|%||Some people directly decide to do the action. “We agree to do this”
|Some people decide to not do it.
|% Voting decides actions of other people.
|Portion of same people decide.
Partially neutral people decide.
Some neutral people decide.Examples:
|Becomes a % of people.
Becomes a partial decider.
|People who vote fluctuate.
% required for an action to pass fluctuates.
Person partial fluctuates.
|M||Many people in favor of decision decide.
Many people directly decide, they do the action as a group.
Person in favor of decision many times.
Decided by many people directly related to the action or results.
|Many people opposed to the action decide.
Many people negatively affected decide.
Many people decide against action.
Group required to block an action.
Against action many times.
Multiple groups needed to decide against action.
|Many other people decide.
Something that can be decided by different people.
Group of 3rd party people required to decide.
|Many neutral people decide.
Need a number of neutral people to make decision.
Many people stay the same.
Same multiple people.
Decider same many times.
Neutral people decide many times.
|Starts as other type of decider then becomes a group.
Group stabilizes on size, or composition of members.
Many people fluctuate.
Person(s) fluctuates many times.
|∞||Anyone decides for the action.
|Anyone blocks an action.
||Any other person decides.
Seconding a motion in a meeting.
|Anyone stays the same.
Anyone same as anyone else.
Neutral person decides anytime.
Any neutral person decides.
Person stabilizes anytime.
Changes between anyone.
Person changes anytime.
Default is not do it.
Always person for action.
Always directly decide.
|Everyone must agree to block an action.
Opposite of anyone decides to do an action.
Always opposite person.
|Everyone else.Always other person.||Everyone the same.
Everyone in the deciding group stays the same.
Always the same person/people.
All the arbitration committee agrees.
Fluctuates between everyone.
|0||No one decides.
Person never decides directly. Person never decides for the action.Examples:
|No one blocks decision.
Free to do.
No one needed to block.
Unknown how to do action.
|No one else.
Decision exclusively made by one person or type of person. Never other person.
|No one stays the same.
Never same person.
Take turns to decide. (person decides once)
Stays no one.
Always randomly chosen.
|Becomes no one.
Never becomes a person.
|Person never changes (always the same)
No one changes.
How many other types of governments are there?
That chart shows 36 types and there are many examples for each type plus there can be combinations between types. Decider is only one aspect, the Decision, How the Decision is made, and Payer are also important because there are strong interactions. So there are 4 * 36 types = 144 and as many as 1,679,616 combinations. Keep in mind that Who Decides & Who Pays are crucial to Economic systems which are not the same as governments even though they interact.
There are a huge number of options rather than Other Person Decides. So the next time you are offered Party A or Party B think about the rest of the menu they never showed you.