Found 6 article(s) for author 'Social Change'

Problem, person and pathway: a framework for social innovators

Problem, person and pathway: a framework for social innovators. Julie Battilana, June 28, 2019, Book Chapter, “As the appetite for learning about social innovation intensifies, how can we better prepare practitioners for the work of addressing the world’s pressing social problems at the relevant scale? This chapter presents the “3P” framework developed by the authors to help address this challenge, grounded in their experience of researching, teaching, and advising social innovators around the world. In this framework, the authors propose three key lenses to help social innovators contribute to social change, unpacking the nature of: the problem at hand, the person pursuing change, and the pathway to change. Considering the alignment of these 3Ps provides an organizing template for social innovators to think about how they can effectively contribute to solving social problems. The authors illustrate how they engage new and experienced social innovators in this learning journey by discussing their pedagogical approach as educators. In conclusion, they discuss future research directions to help address unanswered questions.Link

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Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein explains how social change happens

Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein explains how social change happens. Cass Sunstein, April 14, 2019, Audio, “Brian talks to Cass Sunstein, the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Sunstein served in the Obama administration as the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012. In his conversation with Brian, he discusses his new book, “How Change Happens,” which answers the question of how social change happens and how change is impacted by social norms.Link

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Should You Agitate, Innovate, or Orchestrate?

Should You Agitate, Innovate, or Orchestrate? Julie Battilana, September 18, 2017, Opinion, “When Marie Trellu-Kane observed increased fragmentation across social and economic lines in France, and increasing youth unemployment, she could not help but respond. In 1994, along with Lisbeth Shepherd and Anne-Claire Pache, she cofounded Unis-Cité, a nonprofit that launched France’s first youth service program, modeled after City Year in the United States. Still the president of Unis-Cité in 2017, Trellu-Kane recalled, “We were 23 [years old] at the time, so we created the organization that we wished would have existed to satisfy our own desires to act on the problems of exclusion and inequality.Link

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New Directions for the Sociology of Development

New Directions for the Sociology of Development. Jocelyn Viterna, August 2015, Paper. “At the close of World War II, ‘development’ began to evolve along two paths. On the first path, scholars aimed to generate theoretical understandings of social change, especially at the national level (development studies). On the second path, policy makers in governments and other development-focused organizations initiated actions to promote positive social change, especially in poor or war-torn nations (development practice). In this article, we review the recent trajectory of ‘development’ in sociology, paying close attention to the intersections between development studies and development practice. Through explicit comparisons to economics and political science, we demonstrate how the prominence of development sociology has varied historically in relation to its proposed policy prescriptions.Link

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The Not-So-Common-Wealth of Australia: Evidence for a Cross-Cultural Desire for a More Equal Distribution of Wealth.

The Not-So-Common-Wealth of Australia: Evidence for a Cross-Cultural Desire for a More Equal Distribution of Wealth. Michael I. Norton, December 2014, Paper. “Recent evidence suggests that Americans underestimate wealth inequality in the United States and favor a more equal wealth distribution (Norton & Ariely). Does this pattern reflect ideological dynamics unique to the United States, or is the phenomenon evident in other developed economies-such as Australia? We assessed Australians’ perceived and ideal wealth distributions and compared them to the actual wealth distribution. Although the United States and Australia differ…” Link

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