Here is Seth telling it how it is.
“presenting information […] in a way that allows people to hear and see and think, is one of the most powerful tools available to people who’d like to make change.
It’s far more powerful than yelling.”
He is talking about this fantastic video.
Promise yourself you will watch at least up to 1’10”. If you’re here, you must have some interest in this sort of thing so you won’t be disappointed.
Giving people the appearance of choice, “if you could organize this, how would you?” is a significantly better question than, “what’s fair?“
By reminding people that they actually do have a voice, you open the discussion wider.
This is the most important thing you will read today. On this blog anyway.
Asking people opens them up and they bring their head into the game.
As you’ll have seen in the video, these 3 questions invite someone inwards into it, and remind them they are part of it too.
They are asked
- Ideally, if you could organise it, how would wealth be distributed?
- How do you think it really is distributed?
- What is the actual distribution of wealth?
With the surprising results below.
Like Seth said, if you ask what is fair then people will think differently from when asked what would YOU do.
When you answer that one you are saying something that is your subjective ideal. Not what objectively you think is fair. Being objective, or pretending to be, invites a callous Pontius Pilate washing of hands of the harder nastier ramifications of your fairness.
But saying what YOU feel is ideal means that you can’t hide behind pretending you’re making some hard but fair decisions in the good of all. You’re saying what YOU think.
A commenter has advised of an identical video for UK data.
Below, with added top-hats, marmite and Cheryl Cole.