Since this last week has been chock o' block full with fires to put out and I'm doing the whole short posts thing, I'll pose another question to the masses.
Can departmental culture be changed in the short term?
Specifically, I'm thinking about people's willingness to engage outside guests. When I first began as seminar organizer for the department I took the Build It And They Will Come approach. So I built It and they came to look in but rarely stayed. Then I thought I might Engage Them And They Will Be Invested, but those investments yielded a low return. More recently I've gone to the Stuff It Down Their Throats And They Won't Be Able To Ignore You, which has been slightly more effective, but my capacity for stuffing is finite.
So how does one attack apathy and stab it's nebulous body enough times to slay it? Does it have to be from the top down? bottom up? From the side, slightly left of center?
I am nearing the point of being assimilated.