The Process of Change

The Process of Change
Originally uploaded by voteprime

Change. The buzzword of 2008, but this time the word is used differently. I saw this picture in the We Love DC pool on flickr, by user VotePrime. Vote Prime snapped a picture of this sheet of paper stuck to the King Street Metro pole. The text of the page says:

“We don’t need to engage in grand heroic actions to participate in the process of change.

You know that guy you pass every day on your way to work? I actually stop to say hi.

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people can transform the world. – Howard Zinn”

A little googling, and Howard Zinn is the author of A People’s History of the United States. And I’m guessing whoever posted this is just quoting him, and Zinn himself didn’t make these. Has anyone seen more of these around? Much like my beloved stikman, I appreciate street art that makes me think, or even just breaks up the monotony of my commute.

I’d love to see more, and I get the feeling there are variations to this one, so if you see any, snap them and add them to the WLDC pool on flickr. (And while you’re at it, enter your holiday pictures into our 2008 Holiday Photo contest.)

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

7 thoughts on “The Process of Change

  1. “A People’s History…” was one of my US history textbooks in high school. Basically, Zinn chose to explain history through the lens of whatever group happened to be most oppressed at the time. At the hoity-toity, ridden-with-white-liberal-elite-guilt high school I went to, it was often referred to as “The Socialist’s History of the United States.”

  2. I love it! Being nice to strangers would be a pleasant and monumnental change for most of the DC citizenry! After three years in DC, I still can’t get over how rude people in DC are. People in DC make Londoners seem warm and fuzzy.

  3. Cultural reference – APHotUS is referenced in “Good Will Hunting” when Will is giving the snotty college student a dressing-down.

  4. Good Will Hunting ranks in my favorite movies of all time. Sigh.

    @VotePrime, AWESOME sleuth work, I’ll do a full post when I can collect more of them and if I can hunt down an origin so keep your eye out!

    Blogosphere, that means I need your help. Give me a heads up if you know anything about this street art!