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The largest democracy in the world, India, completed the most important aspect of a democracy – voting – to elect the policy makers. By the media reports, the “participation” from the nation was moderate on the overall considering all the phases of polling across the country. The election of the policy makers is “controlled” by the participation of electrate.

I would like to link it up to the notion of “direct democratic processes” in the enterprise. The strength and failure of such an initiative depends heavily on the participation of the people invloved. Kathy Harris from Gartner has a post on couple of failure points on people-centric initiatives here. I tend to agree with the points she raises.

Tools and culture are two important foundations for enabling participation. In the next post, we will look into the tooling needed to make the participation simpler and easy.