DILC and the ProblemLady; Phase 4, the activists

The Dialectic Issue LifeCycle Model (DILC) is a very cool heuristic for thinking about how some societal problems become issues, what industry does when the problems climb the political agenda and how the issues are (or aren’t) ‘resolved’.  Here’s a video starring its progenitors.  The DILC has five phases, and looks at three categories of actors in detail – those trying to get the issue onto the agenda, those trying to keep it off/to shape the problem into a soluble issue, and the state functionaries (elected and non-elected).

Last year I came up with the idea of each of these ideal types writing letters to an agony aunt during each of the phases, seeking her strategic advice.  I am posting these 15 (well, 16) letters and responses, one per day, over the next two weeks or so.

Today, the shortest one of the lot – Phase 4, the activists….

Dear ProblemLady,

bwahahaha. Even the fricking Prime Minister is telling people Something Must Be Done.  El pueblo unido nunca sera vencido!

Workers Everywhere Will Overcome Nastiness
Enjoy this moment, WEWON, is all I’m sayin’.  And have the Samaritans on speed-dial for 6 months’ time….

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