Dare more democracy
“We want to dare more democracy”—this is the famous sentence the then German Chancellor Willy Brandt used to summarize his political vision in 1969. The sentence is now half a century old and times have changed. At least, you'd think so. Interesting to historians, perhaps. But does this have any relevance at all to digitalization?
Quite a lot, as it turns out. So much so, in fact, that the current Microsoft boss Satya Nadella could have lifted his digital vision of the future directly from Willy Brandt himself: “As far as I’m concerned, democratization is Microsoft’s core identity”. This might sound strange at first. Democracy is not usually the first thing to spring to mind when dealing with software and business technology.