I was curious throughout the election about the Liberal's campaign slogan: 'Real Change'. What does it mean? When I went to the Liberal's website (RealCHANGE.ca), I saw my question at the top of the page followed by their three platform priorities: invest now in our future; help the middle-class; and open, honest government.
What followed were 105 policy topic panes that formed a matrix. Clicking on each one revealed the party's position on that area and a costing plan to fund investment. Citizens were invited to rate the topic's importance, from 1 to 5 stars. An average of all other ratings was provided for comparison, similar to book reviews on Amazon.com. Finally, people had the option of adding the topic to 'myPlatform', a personal record of important topics or issues.
Even more impressive was the sharing of responsibility for action by helping citizens create heir own political agendas. In his victory speech, Justin Trudeau referenced the important role people play in his politics:"I know that I am on this stage for one reason and one reason only: because you put me here...You gave me clear marching orders."
Based on the Liberal's actions, real change means:
- A personally committed leader
- A vision of the future that is different, better and compelling
- Shared ownership with all
- Co-creation (through participation and engagement)
- Prioritization (3-5 not 10 priorities)
- Investment (and a plan to fund it)
- Room for adjustment (through two-way dialogue and review)