SLOGANS AND PROVERBS
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Sometimes a principle you want to communicate, as a mobilizer, can be condensed into an amusing or mind-tickling phrase. These slogans and proverbs can be used in many ways. They can be repeated during group sessions to reinforce an idea. They can be printed on a sign to be pasted up on an office wall. Several (not included here) are used in the text of these training modules.
Here is a little collection of a few proverbs and slogans that you can use in your mobilization efforts. As with stories, these slogans are not merely for entertainment, but are useful in making points of principle understandable to community members.
Lesson Number One of Leadership:
For the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honour and praise. The next the people fear, and the next the people hate. When the best leader's work is done, the people say, "We did it ourselves."
Lesson Number One of Management:
There are only two things in life: Reasons and Results.
Lesson Number One of Planning:
If you do not know where you are going, then any road will do.
Lesson Number One of Self Reliance:
If you blame others, you give up your power to change.
First Rule of Carpentry:
Measure twice and cut once (not the other way round).
First Rule of Awareness Raising
First Rule of Engineering:
If it ain't broke, do not fix it.
First Rule of Management:
Do not work hard, get results.
First Rule of Project Design:
If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
The "Go" Poem.
It is not enough for you the mobilizer to copy and memorize these. Build up your personal collection, and use them. (A good starting point is to look in the text of the handbook; many slogans not listed here are used in illustrating mobilizers' methods there). Trade slogans and proverbs with others at conferences, workshops, seminars, and informal meetings. Keep devising new ways to use them, and assess the results.
Do you have any more proverbs, slogans, poems or short pithy statements that can help to illustrate principles of community development and management training? Send them to me. Please indicate the author, if any, or if it is anonymous. Include your own name, location, email address and web site if applicable. Your submissions put on this page will be acknowledged.
© Copyright 1967, 1987, 2007 Phil Bartle