Great discussion on books that shock at Robin Brande’s blog – here: http://www.robinbrande.com/reading/issue-books .
Programs that create a better future don’t just tell stories – they engage people in those stories. It’s easy to shock, but after a while, is anyone listening? More to the point, is anyone doing something about what they hear?
If we don’t engage, inspire, encourage – then we are just telling a horror story, and hoping someone, somewhere, will be shocked into action. So many millions of people uninsured, getting lousy healthcare. So many people killed in a war. The world is in such a horrible mess.
That approach hasn’t worked so far – why do we continue to do it, thinking at some point it might? Isn’t that the definition of insanity?
So what do you all think? Have you found effective ways of convening and engaging honest conversation that moves us forward? Something that gets beyond the shock value and the photos of the kids with cleft palettes and on to more meaningful dialogue? Anyone have stories of what has worked?