“Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried”

If you're lucky, you're in charge of all of the components of your system. You can resolve the disputes by picking what you think is the right answer. If you're sure you know best, then being a dictator is the simplest solution.

Often you don't have one person who can dictate the entire system. You have to bring people together to collaborate. You have to respect entrenched views, build trust and win people over to a common cause.

At Tencastle, we have years of experience of pulling together communities to agree how systems interact. In the UK and internationally, we have chaired diverse groups of stakeholders, starting with people who have reasons to disagree and ending with clear agreement and support. Our staff have published numerous standards and processes born out of complex political negotiations.