Human Sized Social ChangeDecember 6, 2010 Leave a comment
My friends at the Engage Network recently asked me this provocative question:
What does it mean to create social change that is “human sized” and prioritizes people and relationships, rather than prioritizing large email lists, or campaigns, or raising money? What does that mean to you and YOUR work in the world?
Here is my first take at an answer:
I think of our obsession with scale as a vestige of the industrial paradigm that still has many of us ensnared. It is my hope that many more of us will shift towards a more organic paradigm as we pursue the work of social transformation. As my friends at the Berkana institute like to say, emergence is not about critical mass, it is about critical connections.
Transformative social change becomes possible as we move away from the abstractions of social scientists and an increasingly obsolete state apparatus. When we begin to own our role in the pursuit freedom we begin to understand that real relationships, with real people, who have real names and real faces are the actual field where justice grows.
My commitment is to design, host and facilitate spaces where this become palpably real. As we become practiced in new ways of being-with, as we get more frequent tastes for what it means to be more authentically connected, we ourselves begin to shift – and organic, sustainable growth becomes the way we do movement.
What about you? What does “human sized” social change mean to you and YOUR work in the world?