Since I turned 18 in 2008, I have tried my best to be knowledgeable on the different political groups, and make sure I vote when I can. I often struggle, as I can’t understand why the country just can’t be run on simple human rights beliefs – let’s not be mean to each other, let’s help out those less fortunate and not kill the earth.
Since setting up OmniArts in April 2013, I have had to learn a lot of things – I taught myself how to run a business, how to “read” and talk to people, I have had to make difficult decisions and have always done my best to help out those who want to join the group, but struggle in one way or another. Looking at all I have done over the last year and a half, I honestly believe that a politician should be required to set up and run a small group on their own for at least 2 years before being allowed into the House of Commons.
Any group would work – drama, art, archery, reading club – even a debate group. However, part of the requirement should be that they have to find as many opportunities for the people in the group to enter competitions, perform or get published depending on the sector, as well as get involved with the local community to get the group a good reputation in the area. They should be required to budget, plan and run the group on their own – with help in places of course, but they would be required to find volunteers. They would need to think about how to promote the group (and where the money for this will come from), manage social media, keep accounts up to date, find time for networking (both physical and online) and keeping the group interested in what they are doing!
My reasoning for this is because it would not only would this give them a fantastic insight into how hard it is to run a small business, it would also help with diplomacy and dealing with people, as the amount of ‘politics’ you can end up with in a small group is astounding!
Since setting up OmniArts, I have had to learn a lot of things “the hard way”. Many of these things a politician would already know, but some things they wouldn’t, and I personally feel that it would give them a much more rounded view on people.
I’d love to hear what you think – comment below or fill out my poll!