How can humor help sustain Social Change? Happy #nationaltellajokeday

Happy #nationaltellajokeday!! We need a lot more humor & fun, which are essential to surviving and making fun of some of the incredibly challenging contexts that we see in the world today. What are your favorite jokes about social change? What platforms do you know that have good jokes about the often long hard slog of advancing change?

One of my favorite jokes (it is very dark humor) comes from Bosnia-Herzegovina where I did my doctoral research on the role of arts in peacebuilding. During the war & siege of Sarajevo an intl film theater festival was organized in 1993. The event attracted over 20,000 people over 10 days despite the dangerous conditions and constant shelling.

A journalist asked the festival lead organizer, Mirsad Puritva, how can you have a festival in the middle of a war? Mirsad answered how can they have a war in the middle of our festival? Of course this is a deadly serious topic but we need much more humor in the world. 

I did publish an article many years back on humor, peacebuilding and conflict which can be found at this link. Would love to see more resources, jokes, and examples of how humor can help us survive and cope with incredibly challenging situations.

#nationaltellajokeday #humor #joke #laughter #socialchange

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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