How the Frog Shifted the Burden

Systems Thinking

Much of the above changes were due to systems thinking and systemic changes in church leadership.


The changes I’ve seen among some of our Black churches, I hope to see within our greater society — one that has shifted the burden of our toughest challenges onto Black women across the diaspora.

The Boiled Frog

Daniel Kim shares the parable of the boiled frog. If you toss a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out to save itself. However, if you place it in lukewarm water and slowly turn up the heat, the frog will happily swim around until it boils to death. This is because the frog only has the ability to detect sudden, large shifts in temperature rather than small, gradual changes. Even with improved temperature-sensing mechanisms, if the frog keeps hopping from one pot to the next, sooner or later that frog is going to get cooked.



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Chanda Burrage, MS, MIA

Chanda Burrage, MS, MIA

Doctoral student in geography and organizational leadership. Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY-Medgar Evers College. Global social change maker.