The fire behind many movements comes from students in post-secondary institutions, mainly universities. While receiving a formal education students become more aware of their surroundings from others’ perspectives. How interesting it is that this provides most movements with a lot of momentum.
The student movements in Canada is a prime example of people grouping together for one vision. The tale here: beware of people who have the same Vision but hold different Values.
For this post I will take a look at Quebec as I am most familiar with the setting in this particular movement. I was completing my senior year of my under-graduate degree when the movement heated up. The Vision is simple: FREE EDUCATION! And it makes sense; it is an easy to understand Vision that you can adopt as your own.
Vision is the 5th step of the (me)volution model. It will help you gain momentum with others so that your actions can be comprehensive to the public. Why are you trying to create change? Well, the student movement believes in free education for all Canadian Citizens. Their simple Vision empowered people to be part of their movement.
The student movement has never outlined what their Values are and this is where the problem lies. When you take a look at an organization before volunteering you investigate into their mission and Vision; what are they trying to accomplish. Then you look at their Values; a lot of the time you can relate to their Vision but their Values do not match yours, which is fine. But when you do not have any Values outlined sometimes the wrong people will join your movement.
The student movement began relatively smoothly. There were peaceful student protests, general meetings for the under-graduate and graduate students, support from professors, support from the general public in Quebec, but then things changed. The movement became so heated with politics and the corruption that Quebec has and is facing that protests became riots concerning police brutality, corrupt political leaders and the general dislike of how the province was being run. No longer was it ONLY about Free Education.
People joined the movement with different Values which led to the demise of the movement. The student movement will always be powerful and has created some change, but the change they could have created with a clear set of Values could have led to the end of the student movement; Free Education.