A little thing

I am all for having a critical understanding of social programs and for unpacking the texts and images that appear in glossy policy documents. However, sometimes I like to remember that generally the staff rolling these programs out do care and are thinking beings.

One example of this insight is provided by a staff member working on a government funded and managed program. Instead of using the tagline for the program of ‘Making XXX a better place to live’ this staff member insisted on printing everything with, ‘Making XXX an even better place to live.’

Sure there are still the issues around notions of progress and debates around agency, but this staff member’s quiet insistance on the word ‘even’ still makes me smile.

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