Subversive Influence

Ivan Illich was once asked ‘what is the most revolutionary way to change society? Is it violent revolution or is it gradual reform?’

He gave a careful answer. ‘Neither. If you want to change society then you must tell an alternative story, he concluded’

I sometimes seem to find myself in places where I disagree with the dominant system, but I also wonder the best way is to bring about change. A rant on a soap box is one approach, but perhaps the more subversive method Illich suggests will ultimately see a more significant and genuine change occur as people’s imaginations are captured by the way things could be…

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