I have been thinking about Trojan Horses recently as a key part of the strategy for culture change in organizations such as schools. While, for many, this metaphor has come to mean a malicious computer program, might that concept by utlized for positive cultural change?
A little background:
>The Trojan Horse is a story from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the independent city of Troy and win the war. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside including Odysseus. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, ending the war. >source
Organizations are walled and inherently resist change. Rarely, are the doors wide open and a welcome sign hanging. Instead, real change happens because of a courageous internal movement that is driven by a mounting external pressure.