Clubs, Teams and the 80:20 principle
80% of the wealth of our world is controlled by 20% of the population. Also true, is that 80% of any project is achieved by spending 20% of the resource. Getting that last 20% of the project completed to 100% professional standard will take an addition four times the resource it took to achieve 80% completion.
Let’s look at these facts through the capitalist lens. It’s clear that most things are designed for the one in five of us who control large amounts of our resources. Let’s consider how these facts impacts on our leisure activities with the relationship between clubs, teams as well as interest and geographical communities.
INTEREST BASED COMMUNITIES
The capitalist machine is designed to attract resources towards their industry. The best way to achieve this goal is to work with those who have access to large amounts of resources. As a result, those who have access to resources are closely studied. Their interests are monitored with their appetites for the resources to flow towards 100% satisfying their needs. This causes substantial resources and profit to be generated when the rich get interested in a particular product or service. The disposable income of the rich is then diverted towards these interests.
This model of satisfying the interest of the wealthy is well suited for clubs. As the interest corresponds to the flow of the resources, the illusion of interest based communities expands giving us the impression that it represents the entire populous. When, in fact, it is merely those who have the strongest voice in our society that get heard.
As large sectors of our neighbors lack access to significant resources, it is tricky for most community projects to be completed to the optimal 100% professional standard. However, should there be an acceptance of a lower standard, say 80% of the professional standard, then the corresponding cost would be a fifth of the alternative standard. 20 pence on the pound for every community project is within reach of many people.
A lower standard community model will not fund a club house. However, it is well suited for the three month local team based experience. Many of our neighbours who are low on financial resources are rich on time and can make a team based commitment. Short term local team will be more accessible to many of our neighbours than high cost interest based clubs.
A lower standard is not lower quality. A Rolls-Royce and a Ford Escort are different standards. The quality of each must be bench-marked against products of a similar standard. As the Ford Escort is a very profitable product and the Rolls-Royce’s profits are struggling. Therefore, it is the Fort Escort enjoying a higher quality than the Rolls. Quality is about surpassing clients expectations and must not be confused with standards. While the 80:20 principle is gross generalization, there are some key concepts that are of interest. Instead of thinking of sport as requiring the 110% commitment, perhaps we need to start thinking of a more moderate approach. By designing community activities that expect a maximum of an 80% commitment, we will be able to achieve substantially more community projects.