July 16, 2018

David Allen Unexpectedly Explains Why Representation Matters

I’m digging into Getting Things Done by David Allen again, and I came across a passage that perfectly explains why representation for marginalized groups is so important. I didn’t expect anything like that in GTD, but there it is:

It’s easy to envision something happening if it has happened before or you have had experience with similar successes. It can be quite a challenge, however, to identify with images of success if they represent new and foreign territory—that is, if you have few reference points about what an event might actually look like and little experience of your own ability to make it happen.

Pretty good explanation if you ask me. For people to understand and believe in success, they need to be exposed to it and see examples of it. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to just dream up realistic paths to success from scratch. We all need examples, people to look to, and paths highlighted so that we can start traversing them, breaking off from them, and forging our own.