I'm charmed by the Miss Marian's approach, but I think that Robin Hood is much more effective in managing change. Marian decided to stay where she was in the village; Robin takes the rebel attitude and left to come back later. Armed.
The question whether change will happen from within, or whether you need to “attack" it from the outside has puzzled many for long.
Perhaps - the easy way - is to say that it depends on the situation. This is indeed true. Do not try to change the Vatican from outside. I imagine a Muslim disguised as monk to knock on the door and infiltrate in the organization. He will influence the people by his new vision and this may spread as a virus. The sort of Trojan horse. It will not work for the Vatican; the propensity to change is small. In that case the best approach is to wait for someone from within who wants to change and mobilizes people in a diplomatic way. He will need charm and charisma.
From the outside, is often seen with technology-involved changes. A new technology from another country may exhibit such a success that the current technology is set overboard by the imported one.
More focused on the metaphor of Robin and Marian you should think of an organization that is in need of change. Do you invite an external consultant to prophesize profanities? Someone from within cannot complain too much about his own organization. Someone from within will not see the real character of the organization. Someone from within is part of the problem.
The establishment is another problem. Are you part of the establishment, do you want to be part of it, or are you happy with your freedom but with your limited role in influencing the community?
That is an example where you often have no choice, you either fit in the establishment or you don't. I have tried many times to behave, but all my attempts have failed. In that case I should realize that I'm walking in the passage at school. They will call me when I'm needed.
H. J. B.
© 2008 Hans Bool