The prior two posts compared social problems to roots in our garden. Tools for finding roots are well established in business, so we can use those to find the roots of our social problems.
Defining the root was a big part of the last post, and it goes a long way to solving the problem. Getting to know the entire root is important, as every gardener knows. Leave a little bit of the root, and the weed grows back. But you can’t leave even a little bit. Gardeners have all sorts of tools to remove the root, like this one.
Doing this in society is going to require a different set of tools. What we’re trying to do is start a revolution. To do that we need to know as much about the root cause as we can.
In society, the root cause will always be people. Who are they? What motivates them? How can we move them the most with the least amount of effort? What events can capture their imagination and convert them into forces for change, at the root level? Do they even agree with us that there is a problem?
This is how you start your revolution. A drastic change in thinking must begin somewhere. And effectively it always begins with a single person. From there it will progress one person at a time.
If your cause is just and true, then it will grow. Your root cause elements will accumulate, and like the gardening tool, eventually force that weed from the garden.
For those who prefer to pull the leaves off of weeds and leave the roots, and complain when they return, move on. They like to complain, but don’t want the extra effort of removing the weed forever.
Remember, choose your battles. Come the revolution, there will be many battles.