Out of the cupboard under the stairs and into the streets.

The .bOtville Shopper

until the end*Note from m.bot: I wrote this many months ago. I even had some good friends look it over and give edits and feedback. And then I just tucked it away for reasons I do not know. But now, out of its own little cupboard under the stairs is my essay on why the lessons of Harry Potter and other works of fantasy fiction are so important to the work of social change.

There is much to glean from this imagined world that can help inspire us in our work. These lessons are important and it is important that they come from an imagined world.

When we organize and engage in movement work we are in imaging a different world. The actions we plan and take to get there are our storytelling. Our actions weave together stories complete with heroes and heroines, allies, landscapes and of course villains who jeopardize our…

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