working from within the system to create change

From The cat : a guide to the classification and varieties of cats / by Ruth Shippen Huidekoper (1895)

39th chat, August 11 2015: working from within the system to create change

Moderated by @fiiidget
Storify (pdf, html) by @poorcharlotte


Discussion questions:

  • Q1: By working in places such as academia, govt or public libraries, do we implicitly endorse their oppressive systems and histories?
  • Q2: How do you separate yourself from policies and structures that you disagree with? How do you indicate that to others?
  • Q3: How do you balance desire for personal enrichment (and a paying job) with the harmful structures of the institutions we engage with?
  • Q4: In what ways can we stop the cycle of wanting to create change and then falling away as the pressures of the system get us down?
  • Pitch: Know of any resources, lists, blogs, zines, communities that deal with these questions? Want to start one?