I am starting to articulate the basic outline for my dissertation in the field of organizational leadership. While I have thought through the possibility of many topics, the recurrent theme is leadership in social justice or social change organizations. I am finding that the term “social change,” or more specifically “progressive social change” more easily resonates with a broader audience. I see these as terms as interconnected; perhaps social change is the process and social justice is the intended outcome.
What are your reactions to these expressions? How have you seen them used? Do you associate any specific positive or negative ideas with either one?
In social justice conversations and communications, how can we use language that is simultaneously 1) disruptive and 2) constructive that also 3) meets the litmus test of no conflicting or competing implicit assumptions? Should social justice language strive toward meeting these three criteria in order to be effective?
See my handout from a recent presentation for some more thoughts on this topic.