Mutiny is the lifeblood of rebellion. You can be a singular rebel but for real change you need others to commit with you. Stepping out of line is scary so you have to draw strength from each other. But first, you have to get radically honest about what you want to do and what might stop you.
Start by asking each other these three questions:
When did you last stand up to power?
Against a parent, a teacher, a boss, or a playground bully. Remember the adrenaline! Even though it was terrifying to speak up you never regretted doing it and it was perhaps even, a little but thrilling?
It sounds deceptively simple but remembering the emotion and reinforcing the feeling of your own power, will bring your crew together.
What rule do you most want to break?
It doesn’t have to be a rule, it can be a policy, a law (though harder to tackle) or an unspoken behavioural norm. We’ve heard everything from the lack of free sanity products, to the tyranny of whatsapp groups (sounds trivial but we all fear losing human connection).
Its important to articulate the rule as clearly and as simply as possible. We tend to start too big. If you think the entire education system needs a complete makeover, (or even major surgery), start by finding one problem, preferably something that you have personal experience of and defining it. To help, we’re collecting a list of rules that have been suggested at Be More Pirate events and workshops.
What’s holding you back?
There are usually three things that will stop people from joining your mutiny: power, precedent and perspective. These three things range from real (I know I’ll get in trouble) and imagined barriers (I’m scared of people’s reactions), to an inability to believe there is a different way to do things (we’ve always done it this way). Once you understand them, articulate them and hold them up to scrutiny. Are these things good enough to stop me from doing what I know is obviously right?
Effective mutinies can happen in two ways: attacking from the inside, or at the edges.
If you’re seeking change on a large scale and want to join forces with others, take a look at the rebellion page.
Or if you’re looking to launch an internal mutiny at your organisation, you can start following the steps above, or consider booking a Be More Pirate workshop.