Change My Mind
10 March 2019
Go on, see if you can..... No really.... We conservative thinking people are flabbergasted at times by people who seem able to hold on to views that are factually inaccurate. It can sometimes be frustrating, and I sometimes find myself thinking about how, to start a conversation using a 'Socratic' approach to help demonstrate fact from 'personal ideals'. (e.g. the tide is higher now than 10 years ago because cows are doing more poos than they used to)
There is an innovative way to approach this - a Canadian Conservative actor/comedian called Steven Crowder (more info available on Wikipedia) came up with a meme and an interesting way to engage people in discussion on topics where there are differences of opinion. The concept is loosely known as "Change My Mind".
The basis of the concept is that you put a hypothesis on a noticeboard of some type and then wait for people with a different view to come along and start debating with you. This is a really interesting way of starting discussion in a non-confrontational way and engaging only those who are interested in the debate or who believe that the issue needs discussing. It is completely voluntary for anyone to sit down and start discussing/debating but the person/people on the other side (for the purposes of this, the 'affirmative' team) need to be ready to discuss as factually and objectively as possible.
Some topics that Crowder has been associated with are things like (check out his youtube clips!):
Male privilege is a myth - CHANGE MY MIND
Hate speech isn't real - CHANGE MY MIND
I'm pro-life - CHANGE MY MIND
Build the wall - CHANGE MY MIND
Now some of these might seem controversial (especially the last one) but a couple of keen New Conservatives took to the streets of Nelson last weekend with:
There are only two genders - CHANGE MY MIND
The feedback and debate was interesting but it made for an entertaining couple of hours, and having gone through the council requirements for a stall, 'InsideOUT' members set up next to them, without a permit, and using loud colourful language, voiced their displeasure at an objective discussion. Good stuff Sean and Jared for taking the first step and for the courage to have a go.
We think this concept has some legs for New Conservative and we learnt a few things about how to make this even more effective in the future. This is a really interesting way to engage people on topics where we might feel confident in the facts and defending a position, without having to take the first step to engage people on the street. This concept brings people to you....
Leading on beautifully to our April 6 workshop in Auckland....... You would have heard already that we are holding a workshop for all those people ready to get electorates/regions up and running and 'building the army' for 2020. We will explore topics like 'Change my Mind' and arm attendees with tools to build interest and coordinate electorate activity. We have some notable speakers, motivational leaders talking, t-shirts etc to buy and take home and plenty of time to discuss concepts and share ideas. Conference is filling up! - go here for more info and to register.