Cultural intervention

I saw a great talk today by Brenda Laurel. She touched on many fascinating and evocative topics, but one phrase really jumped out at me:

“Cultural intervention is introducing new DNA into a cultural system without activating its immune system.”

There is a lot of meaning packed into these few words. On one level the thought may seem evident, yet at the same time it is very profound.

After all, you can scream at the top of your lungs demanding change, yet be heard by nobody. But if you understand something about the cultural system you are addressing, you might be able to pass right through its protective cell walls and get your message across.

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