…going beyond doing & talking.
Before talking Advocacy, let’s talk games. Finite games. Infinite games.
Finite and Infinite Games is a concept that as far as I know first written about by Jame P Carse. Since then the concept has been embraced by many people, Seth Godin & Simon Sinek, not least among them.
The basic idea is this…
The Finite Game: has rules, boundaries, winners & losers, & ultimately ends.
The Infinite Game: the opposite of the Finite Game, where nothing is fixed, there is no end & the main principal is to continue the game.
I posit that advocacy is a Finite Game.
In advocacy, a policy or cause is declared. Often that is as far as an individual or organisation is willing to go. The game ends. On a very good day this cause or policy may be run until there is an outcome, a building saved or demolished, a new law adopted or rejected, change adopted or rejected. There advocacy ends. This’s fine, but ultimately, it is a Finite Game.
How might we instead to play an Infinite Game around advocacy?
What if we were to stop talking about advocacy and instead talk about leadership?
Leadership is an infinite game.
Leadership challenges rules.
Leadership challenges boundaries.
Leadership makes change happen.
There is no ultimate winner or loser in true leadership.
Leadership has no end.
Let’s stop talking about Advocacy and instead let’s be Leaders.