‘Treat others the way you want to be treated.’ I heard this often from my parents as I grew up. And now I often say it to our children.
And I am tempted to say it in conversations about data and governance. Too often I hear people propose things, they would be upset about if it was done to them. Or they oppose a certain model because their organisation is not in control, but then go on to propose the same model only with themselves in control. There tends to be an underlying assumptions that we are more benevolent and kind than the other. Or we simply want to be the ones with the power.
But we are all human still. And so while we are different, we tend to default to putting ourselves first.
This is one of the many reasons we need to continue to explore collective forms and models of owenership, control, and governance. Especially in the data and digital world. And along with the models, we need to building our skills in leading or facilitating the collective governance models. The models are the easy part, working with people and organisations is the hard part.