Life is a bunch of case studies. Interlocking qualitative with quantitative.
When people take issue with your approach, tell them you have tried different approaches:
1. Smiling, polite, quiet observer who keeps concerns to oneself
2. Smirking, polite, relatively quiet observer who only expresses concerns through opinion surveys/evaluations/reviews
After noticing people (individuals, organizations, programs) do not acknowledge issues, discuss issues, and move towards changes….
3. Being outward, outspoken, straightforward, no minced words and no more smiling for the sake of the comfort of everyone else
Most effective is #3. Yes, even if you remain professional, people will be shocked and annoyed. Some will be angry.
Why? Because most people go with the flow. Most people do their thing behind the scenes while playing the game in front of the camera. People who do things behind the scenes, especially people in positions of power, assume the rest of us are too nonobservant and too clueless to notice.
This also connects with demographics, cultures, and fields of expertise. Who are considered THE experts? Rhetorical. We already know.
We all must pick our battles, ignore some things. But people who claim they are always too busy, above it all, and too intellectual to EVER pick a battle: Are perhaps passive aggressive, cowards, and/or are benefiting regardless of any battle.
We will never learn the complexities of individuals, humanity, and the world if we keep a narrow focus. We will never learn if we essentially say “okay, pursue your perspective and we will be over here in the corner with OUR perspective.” That is not integration.
When you have shocked, annoyed, and even angered people…they will still remember something about what you said. Maybe they will enact change. Maybe they will not. But you still did them a favor because they can never claim to be clueless as though nothing was put in their face.
They will be forced to distinguish clueless from apathy. So, remember the findings of your case studies.
If it is worth it, keep trying! Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come”