Matt Gibson asked me the following in a comment to a previous post: "So do you think that a solution focused approach to politics can work? I am looking at how this can be applied at the moment but this book seems to be saying it can't? Any thoughts?"
My reply was: "Matt, thank you for your comment. I do think the solution-focused approach can be useful in several ways. From the top of my head, here are some thoughts. 1. Solution-focused principles can be applied by political parties to help 'solve' internal conflicts and to improve internal communications. 2. Politicians can use the non-blaming, non-accusative language aspect, when debating with others (I think Obama does this rather well), 3. Politicians could formulate goals more in achievable terms (see here), 4. they could use the platform principle more (make explicite what is already working and has already been achieved, 5. they could use earlier success more explicitly, etc, etc. I mentioned Obama. I sometimes think he is already applying much which I would suggest from an SF perspective (see here and here). So yes, I agree. I would be against however the idea to start a solution focused political party. To a large extent every party could apply this kind of stuff while it does not prescripe on a content level what the politics should look like."
I am curous about your thoughts.