The Politics of AV

In the US we are gearing up for an eleven month competition we call our presidential elections. Truth be told, we have already begun but the real work and results begin the first of February with our individual state-wide nomination process. No doubt you have caught at least a bit of this circus from various news outlets whether that is the BBC, NBC, CNN, or your favorite source. As we begin our long and winding road, allow me a bit of poetic licence to compare that arena to AV.

There is no perfect candidate

You can look at this from any philosophical angle you like. It can be Clinton, Trump, or Bernie. None of them are exactly perfect for you. There are undoubtedly areas that you disagree with their stance on an issue, or three. The same is true in AV. We have a number of great organizations that aim to help out the manufacturers, integrators, consultants, and others do their best work. Are they perfect for you? No. There are areas you wish they would address that they don’t and policies you don’t like. Much like the candidates, though, there are a few that fit you where you are in your career and your company’s life cycle.

It is all about the constituents

The states have an abysmal history of voter turnout. During our last election it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 30%. My general attitude is you need to exercise your voice. Let them know how you feel at the ballot box and even during the course of their term. Write your representative. That can be a local level, MP, or president; communicate with your votes and your voice. In AV we have a number of great channels for this. The heads of each organization are great at being approachable at events and through email and calls. They exist to serve you so let them know how to do that better. What areas are you struggling? Where do you see the industry moving? Let them know.

We are one nation

Regardless of who wins, the US will remain one country united behind the winning candidate. We may not agree with the outcome of the election but I don’t see a civil war happening that will break the country apart so as to give the losing candidate a country of their own to run. It’s one of the coolest things about our system. We pass power from one person to another every four (or eight) years. In AV we are one industry. We all want to do our best. Are we going to agree on everything? Of course not. The disagreement and discussion is actually what makes for progress and innovation. When the dust has settled, we are in this together. As long as we keep that in mind this industry will continue to grow and advance.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

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