Political Feedback 101

The key ingredients to effective feedback are: specificity, immediacy and impact The history of behavioral science has taught us that a positive or negative reinforcement is most effective if the consequence is (1) specifically tied to the triggering action, (2) is delivered immediately following the triggering action and (3) has a meaningful impact upon theContinue reading “Political Feedback 101”

How To Attract Accountable Politicians

Let’s take the example of two businesses. Business A has a culture of carefully hiring employees, monthly performance evaluations and a policy to only fire any employee who rates ‘low performing’ for two consecutive months. Business B has culture of evaluating performance once a year, no clear definition of ‘low performing’ and does not fireContinue reading “How To Attract Accountable Politicians”

Encourage Competition with Campaign Finance

Sitting politicians fundraise throughout the year from lobbyists, interest groups and supporters vying for influence. They develop the networks and infrastructure to capitalize on their position of power. And they accumulate large amounts of money ready to deploy against competitive threats. In this way sitting politicians are like big corporations. In contrast, most potential congressionalContinue reading “Encourage Competition with Campaign Finance”

A Political Performance Review

The science of performance reviews has dramatically improved in the last few years. The best companies have moved from ineffective annual reviews to frequent check-ins where employees receive direct feedback against specific goals and company values. In the new model, employees knows when they’re succeeding or failing. Good performers get promoted early and often, poorContinue reading “A Political Performance Review”

Conservatives’ Yin to Liberals’ Yang

Moral Psychology’s Argument for Appreciating The Other Side Jonathan Haidt is one of my favorite thinkers on moral and political psychology. I recently re-watched his 2008 TED Talk, “The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives”. There are a number of salient points I find worth sharing. Societies and cultures are incredibly complex systems that haveContinue reading “Conservatives’ Yin to Liberals’ Yang”

After Integrity, Then What?

This is a follow up to my earlier blog Solve For Integrity First. When we achieve the remarkable feat of a government full of leaders who act with integrity, what then? I believe our country will be best off by incentivizing the development of policy with two fundamental qualities that transcend petty party politics: omni-positivismContinue reading “After Integrity, Then What?”

How ranked-choice voting slays toxic partisanship

TL;DR: Ranked-choice voting is dope. Think of it as a ninja in the fight against toxic partisanship. It reduces negative campaigning. It eliminates the ability for a third party candidate to “spoil” an election. It increases the likelihood moderate candidates win. It increases voter turnout. Okay I’m intrigued, but what is it actually? Ranked-choice votingContinue reading “How ranked-choice voting slays toxic partisanship”