Politics vs. Governance

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Speak Up

“It’s just politics.”

No one ever says, “it’s just governance.”

Politics is organized sparring about power, without much regard for efficacy or right or wrong.

Governance is the serious business of taking responsibility for leadership.

Over the last twenty years, the mass media has shifted, from “here’s the news,” to, “hey, it’s just media.” As a result, a system has been built in which situations, emergencies and bad news have been packaged and promoted twenty-four hours a day.

In the face of that maelstrom of noise, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the world is more dangerous and unstable than it has ever been.

When we have a chance to speak up for governance, we can strike a blow against politics.

Because even though it doesn’t make compelling TV, the long-term challenges ahead of us aren’t going to respond to politics.

Dedication, resilience and concerted effort have saved us before and they can save us again. Except once again, it’s on us to speak up and do something about it.

~ Seth Godin