23rd May 2011
Understanding FTI’s strategy in three simple steps
Three simple steps of "gap analysis" underpin FTI's strategy:
First gap: Bad policy is the cause of India's problems. This is the policy gap.
How can we address this gap? Well, policy can't be changed except through the democratic process. Hence we need a majority of seats in parliament to start the ball rolling. That explains FTI's goal of winning at least 300 parliamentary seats – OR NOTHING.
[Note that this gap states clearly implies that India's problem is NOT bad implementation of good policy; it is policy itself that is bad; bad policy simply can't be implemented well, anyway]
Second gap: Good people (who are ethical, and understand good policy) often avoid politics in India. This is the leadership gap.
Hence we need to identify and bring together good people who are willing to contest elections. Hence FTI's focus on finding at least 1500 outstanding leaders who are committed to contest parliamentary elections.
Third gap: If we do find a few good people willing to contest elections, these people seem to be lone rangers and rush in to contest elections without preparation. This is the credibility gap.
By not working together closely in a systematic manner as a single team, these few good people blow their electoral chances, being overwhelmed by the organised force of bigger, corrupt parties. Hence FTI's strategy of pursuing a systematic path – of policy agreement, fund raising, and building grassroots support.
Gap analysis easily shows why FTI's path is well-chosen, and its strategy robust. It therefore has an almost project-managed approach, with critical milestones to be met without which certain next steps can't be undertaken.
The problem, of course, is that this simple approach seems to be just too hard for most people to understand! Fortunately, most good people do ultimately get it, when they realise there are no shortcuts. That is why FTI has by now got some truly outstanding leaders, and is following a path that is GUARANTEED to change India.
If you can understand what I'm saying, then you
might be ready to join FTI
! That's good news for everyone. So please apply.