I was recently reading an article about behavior change that appealed to me as I reflected upon my own personal observations about how people change. The author posited that we only delude ourselves when we think we can change other people's behavior. Instead he suggested "...people change their own behaviors. Our role is to create an enabling environment and provide opportunities for people to become inspired by what their peers have achieved. When we offer people a chance to take a step closer to the lives, businesses or farms they dream about (and we make that change feel safe) then they’ll do the changing for us."
Of course, the problems that many women seem to be voicing is that the people they are dealing may not be interested in changing their behavior. So what can you do to help focus thought on the need for changing your environment and improving your life and ability to life the way you would like to be treated?
Learning how to recognize and respond to roles of power definitely requires the patience and understanding of your environment, culture and social structure. It's definitely hard to be analytical when you are being treated poorly. Apparently agents of change are facilitators. However, developing strategies for creating new models of behavior certainly isn't on the top of many peoples minds when they are being harassed.
So what does one 'enable another person' to change their behavior? The article concluded, "one of the most important roles of a change agent is to be a facilitator of strategizing discussions involving individuals in diverse fields, including members of the target audience itself. That kind of facilitation might just be the most important thing we do."
I will try to use this journal entry to expand upon this subject further.