A US Presidential Run Using Open Source Strategy?

21 06 2007

Potentially, the US might soon be witnessing a presidential candidate running a candidacy driven by strategy and tactics straight out of business – the open source way.

Consider the conclusions from a recent report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers on “open business models.” Read it and substitute the running for president as the context instead of running a business.

“We are looking at a singular juncture in the history of business-a time when technology, content, and distribution are converging at a speed never before seen, and where innovations have fueled a power shift toward consumers that verges on social revolution. Management tendencies that exist today-i.e., silos, fiefdoms, slow decision making, forced rankings of business cases, outdated executive performance measurements, and inwardly focused marketing-are impeding value creation in this rapidly changing marketplace.

….a new and open business model is the way to manage convergence and realize its potential. We believe that virtual walls and barriers must be eliminated both inside and outside a corporation. A different way of doing business is needed, one that both enhances and extracts value from the fusion of value drivers occurring both across and beyond the enterprise. Characterized by a transparent and rigorous discipline for acquisitions, mergers, internal business units, and alliances, as well as an open approach to opportunity areas such as customer relationships, content, and innovation…we believe that these open business model attributes enable sustainable shareholder value.

The convergence of businesses offers a new scenario in which greater value can occur across the lines of business-value greater than any single line of business might attain. Walls in and around business units and partners limit sharing of resources. They block outside opportunity. In the final analysis, they degrade the possibility of value that convergence presents for the enterprise as a whole. To succeed in this environment, companies must eliminate these walls.

Listen to Michael Bloomberg’s comments yesterday.

  • “Any successful elected executive knows that real results are more important than partisan battles, and that good ideas should take precedence over rigid adherence to any particular political ideology.”
  • “America, the most wonderful country in the world, I think is at a crossroad. The politics of partisanship and the resulting inaction and excuses have paralyzed decision making primarily at the federal level, and the big issues of our day are just not being addressed…We can accept this or we can say, ‘Enough is enough. I’m not going to take it any more,’ and together build a brighter future for our country. The answer is to find politicians who will not be slaves to party dogma.”
  • “There’s nothing wrong with belonging to a political party. But joining a party doesn’t mean you should stop thinking for yourself. Neither party has God on its side, a monopoly on good ideas or a lock on any single fiscal, social or moral philosophy. And anyone who says their party does and the other one doesn’t is either a fraud or just not a very good student of history.”

Since the early days of Linux, open source strategies and management have been about harnessing the power of distributed peer review (wider expertise than party pols) and transparency of process (less reliance on hidden earmarks and loose ethics laws) to deliver better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in (two party system).

Could this mean running government more like a business or at least reducing “out of control” spending projects and living off the social security trust fund to pay down our national debt?

Isn’t it interesting how over 500 US cities have already signed on to the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change despite the US federal government’s lack of leadership in this area? New York City is one of those signators as is Los Angeles. Bloomberg said some interesting things last night on the News Hour on this subject. Has the lack of bipartisan leadership and action in Washington fueled something profound?

Could be interesting to see if and how this outside candidacy creates its own “distributed network” outside of the two parties fueled by a half billion dollars.




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