Story Behind Swae
Swae was originally developed by a team of researchers from the fields of political science, philosophy, engineering, behaviour economics, law, cryptography, and organizational change who came together out of a shared frustration and conviction that our model for decision-making in most organizations is unfit for our times. They began working together in 2016 to upgrade how cities made policy decisions, leveraging citizen input and meritocratic protocols in order to create more intelligent, inclusive, and higher quality decisions about public resources and urban policy. Over time, the system they have built is general enough to be applicable to fundamentally improving overly centralized, top-down and outdated hierarchical process for decision-making in other domains and organizational settings, particularly in private companies, digital organizations, representative boards, and cooperatives (to name a few).
Swae intends to upgrade decision-making first in companies, communities, and cities, and then implement within governmental frameworks to bring more trust, accountability and transparency and allow more inclusivity for citizens to be involved in solving the worlds most challenging problems.
The Journey so far…
Soushiant founded Swae as a result of his experiences working in senior management roles inside small and large organizations. During his experiences, he witnessed several occasions where poorly designed, non-meritocratic and politically motivated decision-making processes lead to poor decision quality and poor organizational performance.
He felt strongly that these processes and their end outcomes were a disservice to the organizations potential and the available but untapped collective intelligence that resided within them.
While researching the problem and prototyping potential solutions, he began to see parallels between decision making inside companies and the state and quality of decision-making in democratic institutions, in the public sector.