My family just returned from a wonderful trip to Brazil (thanks to Delta miles!). Celia Cruz (who used to lead Ashoka Canada and Ashoka Brazil) showed me the work of Gilberto Dimenstein on transforming graffiti from this
In other words, don’t fight it, shape it.
When I was preparing for my interviews with Ashoka (3 ½ years ago now), I remember trying to understand what “jujutsu” meant and what a “Jujutsu point” was since Bill Drayton often referred to it. Wikipedia says it “represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force”
I get it now…turn the energy of graffiti artists into a positive force.
(In my private world, turn my 7 year old’s intense interest in the iPad to a way to practice piano.)
What negative forces can you turn into something positive?