The Process of Social Change

I would like to introduce a proposed four step social change process:

  1. Provocation – Something happens that raises a question about the legitimacy of an existing social condition or raises awareness about an existing unjust social condition – OR – something happens that provokes the imagination in such a way that a better alternative future is envisioned
  2. Introspection – A person or group of people develops a strong personal conviction and thorough understanding of the problem or opportunity through thought, meditation, and/or prayer
  3. Confrontation – The social condition (real or imagined) is interpersonally explored and contested both with insiders and then with outsiders
  4. Transformation – A new social agreement is developed and implemented

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