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The Moral ImaginationThe Art and Soul of Building Peace$
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John Paul Lederach

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174542.001.0001

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On Mass and Movement

On Mass and Movement

The Theory of the Critical Yeast

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(p.87) 9 On Mass and Movement
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John Paul Lederach (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0195174542.003.0009

This chapter discusses critical mass and social movements. It argues that critical mass is understood as a strategy for making things happen by mobilizing large numbers to effect a desired change. Driven by political, business, and military concepts, we seem to have an image that this kind of strategic thinking translates into maximizing output. Constructive social change requires a different image of strategy. Strategy in peacebuilding means thinking about what gives life and what keeps things alive. In the simplest terms, to be strategic requires that we create something beyond what exists from what is available but has exponential potential. In reference to social change, it means we must develop a capacity to recognize and build the locus of potential for change.

Keywords:   social change, critical mass, webs, yeast, siphon, mediation, social movements

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