I remembered an article I read a couple years ago. A high school drama club in Eastern Oregon planned to present "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a play that reenacts a hypothetical conversation between Picasso and Einstein. I dug around an was surprised to find the ways the story has been saved for world-wide consumption.
In essence, the school leadership bowed to conservative parents who felt the play was "dangerous."
Committed to delivering the play, the students and teacher searched out an alternative location to present the play, feeling that if they organized as a private group of individuals and presented a theatrical performance together the school did not have the authority to shut them down.
The video below and article here show a number of ways communication channels were leveraged to led to the ultimate outcome.
- Parents used letters to the school administrator to protest the play.
- Students used face-to-face traditional networking to search out an alternate location for the play.
- Students used online digital media (YouTube and school television) to broadcast their story through the two videos and build awareness throughout the process (although certainly this 'reporting' is biased).
- The school board used a meeting to gather and gauge public opinion. (There is your dialogue Plato!)
- Digital newspapers were used to build awareness and ultimately tell the story to potentially millions world-wide.