"the current political system forces us to work in opposition to each other as allies and enemies… Is this really the most efficient way?"

Richard is pioneering a new kind of leadership. He's a great believer in the concept of the 'anti-hero', a humbler, more compromising, honest creative and communicative type of leadership.

He's currently standing for election under 'My Stroud MP', promising to vote however constituents tell him to, with local polls on every vote in Parliament, being open to all parties but constrained by none.

Rich is a director of OSCA leading the public participation and leadership development work programs. Richard is a UN adviser and writes for the Guardian.