In our project, we plan to propose that faculty attends an annual, mandatory seminar or workshop. It would be very easy to judge how successful our project will be if we thought our success exists in terms of whether Dean Bryan says “yes” or “no,” but that’s not how we’re judging our success. However, we see it as a success that students are bringing this issue to the face of administration at all. We’ve also succeeded in that many people have heard about the accommodations we’ve learned about and plan on asking for them next semester. Like the article says, “…we need to acknowledge effectiveness as a quality that is retroactivity assigned to the ecology as a whole and not to any particular actor or idea within it” (63). That is, we should not just base success on how much gets done on campus by our project, because there are other ways to measure success.
We tend to base success on what happens as a result of our actions. For example, if one has a goal to raise $200, but only raises $150, the entirety may be seen as a failure even though a lot of money was raised nonetheless. This does not work with many real-life examples, though, as it is not accurate. While one is practicing, they may not be doing things perfectly, but that does not mean they are not being successful. They are still achieving a lot. Like the article reads, success measured in the results is not a great scale, since success and failure are typically seen as a failure or success with no in-betweens or nuances.
I also think it’s very interesting that epidemics are used as a comparison for successful writing. This is so creative. Both require social networking. Neither writings for change nor epidemics can spread without social systems in place. If there is no connections between people, then there is no way for information or diseases to spread. This is really important for our project, and this is why we have spent so much time collecting data from others on campus and discussing mental health issues with others. It’s very important to have other people who are interested in and affected by whatever one is wanting to change. If we didn’t have these connections with other people then there would be no way for our project to change anybody’s ways of thinking.
Also, both writings and epidemics are noted to be affected by weather and timing. They have to be executed at just the right time for them to change anything at all. This is also very interesting for our project since we are doing this when there is less push for change on campus since the school year is ending. However, we are also reaching out early enough before the next school year so that things can change. Also, we are asking for changes just weeks after one woman on our campus committed suicide, so administration has a very clear example of the mental health problems facing so many students. It will be interesting to see which side has the most push behind it.
In all, this article is a great way to see how success can be measured. It takes off a lot of pressure to perform perfectly. Since I personally have anxiety and OCD, it helps me to continue moving forward if I learn to be okay with not reaching every goal but still making a difference. It’s great that there are so many different ways to be successful and how many factors go into whether or not end goals will be achieved based on things other than just us having a bad idea or presentation. There can be many reasons for this not happening.