Category Archives: Social change

Resisting change: understanding obstacles to social progress

In this shortened excerpt from How Change Happens, Duncan Green, Oxfam Great Britain’s Senior Strategic Adviser, discusses the complexities behind social activism and breaks down the underlying factors that fuel the resistance to change. Systems, whether in thought, politics, or … Continue reading

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Generative Mechanisms Transforming the Social Order

This volume examines how generative mechanisms emerge in the social order and their consequences. It does so in the light of finding answers to the general question posed in this book series: Will Late Modernity be replaced by a social … Continue reading

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Social Morphogenesis

The rate of social change has speeded up in the last three decades, but how do we explain this? This volume ventures what the generative mechanism is that produces such rapid change and discusses how this differs from late Modernity. … Continue reading

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‘Design Thinking’ is changing the way we approach problems

Why researchers in various disciplines are using the principles of design to solve problems big and small. “Design is an iterative process – we make, and evaluate, and even by making we change our understanding [of the process]. Even a … Continue reading

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Youth-Led Social Change: Topics, Engagement Types, Organizational Types, Strategies and Impacts

This paper provides a framework for evaluating youth-led social change. The framework considers: seven topics (e.g., environment, human health and safety, and education); nine engagement types (e.g., volunteerism, research and innovation, and political engagement); six organizational types (e.g., advisory body, … Continue reading

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Community Entrepreneurship – A framework for Social Change Leadership

The objectives of this article are to: (1) characterize the special requirements for practicing leadership in community-based, social change settings; (2) identify a distinctive kind of leadership, called community entrepreneurship, which is appropriate to such settings; and (3) draw implications … Continue reading

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Toward a Framework of Social Change Leadership

This paper presents and describes an emergent framework of social change leadership, based on a multi-year, multi-modal, qualitative study of social change organizations. The framework poses that the consistent use of a set of leadership drivers, anchored in a set … Continue reading

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Building Movements, Not Organizations

Creating a healthy, humane world will require more than new organizational designs. It will take rethinking the nature of organizations entirely. And yet, we continue to witness war, poverty, individual acts of violence, massive social injustice, and a record pace … Continue reading

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Embracing Emergence

Collective impact efforts are upending conventional wisdom about the manner in which we achieve social progress. Under conditions of complexity, predetermined solutions can neither be reliably ascertained nor implemented. Instead, the rules of interaction that govern collective impact lead to … Continue reading

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