Who and Why

My name is Paddy Radcliffe. I’m old enough to have lived and worked a bit, in the UK and overseas, and I’m young enough to have a good chunk of life and work left in me, fingers crossed. I am a husband and a father.

I’d like to think that I’m relatively well-informed about the world. I read, watch, listen, engage. I’ll take a view without, I hope, being overly opinionated or dogmatic. I’m aware enough to know that we face some big, complex challenges, nationally, as organisations, and as communities and individuals, and that how we address these challenges will have a big impact on our success and well-being going forward. Thankfully, I know there are some amazing people out there, doing some amazing things to meet these challenges. As a natural optimist, that feels good.

But I’m also worried. I worry that information and knowledge seem to be becoming a matter of choice or opinion rather than a matter of fact or evidence. I worry that an aggressive, partisan, ‘my way or the highway’ approach risks becoming common currency, squeezing out respectful, quality dialogue and debate. I worry about the negative influence this is likely to have on the younger generations, our future leaders and decision-makers.

Ultimately, I worry that we risk making too many bad decisions, that don’t have the respect or support necessary for successful implementation. Combined with continually diminishing levels of trust in people and information, we risk ending up with a society that is not as healthy as it could or should be.

This is an important enough issue for me to want to do something about it. Which is why I’ve started ‘The Campaign’. I believe that for society, organisations and communities to be successful over the long-term (is there an alternative timeframe?) there needs to be a positive relationship between those that influence and make decisions, and those affected by those decisions. We don’t have to agree with a decision, but for society to be healthy we do need to be able to trust and respect the process and the people involved.

At its heart then, The Campaign is about renewing and reinvigorating the way we approach and make decisions around complex challenges, in finding the best, most brilliant 21st century approaches and solutions to dealing with 21st century problems, at the level of nation, organisation and community. It’s a big ambition.

I believe that the capability, knowledge and experience exist for that ambition to be achieved. Whether there’s a will to change, or even a recognition of the challenge, I’m not so sure. We’ll see.

I’m conscious in all of this that I’m starting with ‘gut-feel’. There’s little evidence, at least that I’ve discovered so far, to support or disprove my thinking, although the consistently low levels of trust that politicians, the media and business leaders achieve in polls cannot be healthy, given their decision-maker and influencer roles. But one has to start somewhere, and I’ll need to combine the rational with the emotional as The Campaign develops.

If you’ve read this far you must be at least a little bit interested. Thank you! I hope you’ve registered your support. If you would like to engage with The Campaign at a deeper level, you can email me at [email protected] I’ve no idea what sort of response I might get, but I’ll try to get back to you within a reasonable timeframe. You can also find out more about me and my background here: www.linkedin.com/in/paddyradcliffe.