Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Go Ahead. Shift My Paradigm."




I am not a Dirty Harry Fan. However, I love this scene in Sudden Impact. I love the extra sugar in Harry's cup which tips him off to the robbery, I love the militia-style massacre which puts everyone in danger but only harms the bad guys. I love the famous, "Go ahead. Make my day."

Harry is the iconic vigilante. He's also an icon for the paradigm shift. He does (mostly) everything he's not supposed to do which is precisely why we love and hate him. He defies our cultural expectations.

As storytellers, we need Dirty Harry. Yes, he's totally out there. He's a despicable dude. But that's not the point. Dirty Harry is important because he makes us think (for at least for 90 minutes) about about how we think about policemen, criminals and justice.

We need anti-heroes and heroines who prod us to ask questions about the issues and causes we care about. Because complex stories about complex characters help us change our minds.

As nonprofits, changing minds is our stock in trade. Whether we are advocating for a higher minimum wage, asking for donations to improve the quality of health care or soliciting donations for microfinace, we're all in the business of changing attitudes and beliefs. Turns out the only way to do this is to (sorry for the unscientific phrase) mess with people's heads.


"We are very much prisoners of our paradigms, attending to information that confirms them and cleverly reducing anything that is dissonant. The only way to escape from the paradigm is to stop its automatic processing...

What captures our attention and stops our automatic processing, according to neuroscience, is the new...One way of thinking about the new is that it is anything contrary to our expectations. It stops us and forces us to stand back and reflect."

- from Why Feedback Doesn't Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science

Do you have an anti-hero in your organization? Do you have a less-than-favorable but ultimately redeeming story to tell about your journey? How about those skeletons in your closet? And what have your learned from your biggest mistakes?

We're tired of only hearing about what is working well. Talk about the difficulty in keeping your coalition together and why you had to say goodbye to some nonprofit friends. Tell the truth about how you converted a cranky donor into a lifelong friend. Better yet, tell the story about the volunteer who has never donated a dime and why.

We're human too. We want to hear your true stories about how you stand, stumble and survive.

Jocelyn

5 comments:

Case said...

Joc,

I was impressed by the writing in your opening. Good job.

Uncle Rico

hoxn Ln said...

“All the world has instability. handbagreplica You have to live with it.”Until very recently, however, the high-end watch industry — especially as seen through the lens of the big brands — seemed immune to global instability.In 2014, Replica watches UK exports hit a high of 22.2 billion Replica handbagsfrancs, according to the Federation of the Replica Watches Industry, capping 30 years of growth that saw the mechanical Rolex Daytona business evolve from a fragmented trade .

xumeiqing said...

20161111meiqing
rayban
canada goose jackets uk
burberry sale
michael kors outlet
toms shoes outlet
coach outlet store online clearances
christian louboutin sale
canada goose outlet
ralph lauren pas cher
abercrombie and fitch

Gege Dai said...

coach outlet store online
uggs outlet
cheap nfl jerseys
polo ralph lauren
tiffany and co
polo outlet
hollister clothing
ugg boots
michael kors outlet clearance
michael kors
20170105lck

Đào Quân said...

dịch vụ kế toán
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận cầu giấy
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận tại từ liêm
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận thanh xuân
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận hà đông
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận long biên
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận đống đa
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận ba đình
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận tây hồ
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận hoàng mai
dịch vụ kế toán tại thanh trì
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận hoàn kiếm
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận hai bà trưng
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận thủ đức
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận bình thạnh
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận tân phú
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận gò vấp
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận phú nhuận
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận bình tân
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận tân bình
dịch vụ kế toán tại đông anh
dịch vụ kế toán gia lâm
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 1
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 2
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 3
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 4
dịch vụ kế toán tại quận 5
Hướng dẫn kê khai nộp thuế môn bài lệ phí môn bài năm 2017