Data are allowing us to move and shape public policy beyond 120 legislators in Sacramento to a much bigger playing field of 2,700 mayors and council members, 280 county supervisors and nearly 5,000 school board members. We can now identify hundreds of local policymakers supportive of virtually any issue and begin to create policy changes faster, cheaper and more efficiently than ever before.
Monday, April 20, 2015
#110 / Moneyball Plays Politics
Here's an article that suggests that better analytics can make an economically and otherwise disadvantaged political group a real contender in the public policy arena. "Moneyball" worked for baseball and the Oakland Athletics. Why not for politics?
Here's the quote from the article I especially liked:
As I read it, this suggests that the route to a transformed politics runs right through local government.
I happen to know that this formula works, with or without "big data."
In fact, I have had some experience.
It's about time for those who want to change the world to start taking over those local government agencies that, in the end, are the mitochondria* of political change.
That's where real power can be found.
Image Credit: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article17046128.html
*Wikipedia: "These structures are sometimes described as "the powerhouse of the cell."