I do not usually take to social media fueled by current events. My choice, instead, is to consistently promote the “how-to” and the perspective needed for a sustainable and consistent approach to individual and institutional change. This is my reason for my blogs and the contributions I make to outlets like SocialWorkHelper.com.
It is becoming increasingly apparent, and partly because of the nature of social media, that current events offer a great opportunity for teachable moments that are often missed. I decided to weigh in on the Zimmerman verdict. Not on the merits of the case, but on the movement that it has obviously inspired. As always, my message is to build sustainable, consistent approaches to individual and institutional change. This parallel blog and reblog provides a framework for HOW and a perspective on focus, scope, and timing.
Any movement will, of operational necessity, need to focus in an area or create multiple organizational structures around legislation, class mobility, school quality, and access overall. In terms of scope, realize that organizations, like NAACP for example, function more effectively as a convener of organizations nationally to provide voice, financial empowerment, and information centralization. The redress of differential treatment MUST be local. Not understanding this scope results in MARCHES, events, or petitions that have no legal standing in the locale of the problem. Once the event planners leave, little organizational momentum is left if no new laws have been proposed, no businesses started, or no school charters created.
Read the full article: Response to Zimmerman Verdict MUST be About a Movement
[ Michael A. Wright, PhD, LAPSW is a leadership coach and organization consultant based in Nashville, Tennessee. With over 16 years of experience guiding individuals to their goals, Michael has the techniques and patience to help you succeed. Follow @MAWMedia on Twitter or connect for a consultation at MAWMedia.com ]