How Do We Create Real, Lasting Social Change?

Things aren’t going to get better on their own. What we need is a clear, concrete, accessible, realistic, practical, collective, unifying, commonsense plan.

2016 was a really rough year.

And at this point, it looks like things could get worse before they get better.

Things aren’t going to get better on their own. We’re going to have to make them better.

We don’t have a plan for how to do that yet. That’s a problem.

I mean, for sure we have a lot of different ideas and theories floating around. A lot of stories we tell ourselves about how things will somehow work out, if we just do the right thing and keep working hard at it.

But for the most part these so-called solutions are riddled with a bunch of oversimplified analyses, wishful thinking, and stubborn finger-pointing.

What we need is a clear, concrete, accessible, realistic, practical, collective, unifying, commonsense plan for how to get from where we are now to the much better future where we want to be. That’s what I want to take a crack at.

I’m a sociologist. Professionally trained, with a doctorate. I’ve spent the past ten years studying and thinking about this stuff.

I don’t have a magic formula or a completely foolproof method. But I do think it’s clear, based on what social scientists like myself know about how things work, that if we want to find our way out of this tumultuous, harmful, divisive mess we’re in, there are certain things that simply have to happen. And there are certain things that have to happen in a certain way. And in a certain order.

So I’ve tried to identify and compile those things. And I’ve organized them into ten steps, which I’ll start introducing in the coming videos.

I hope this’ll start a conversation that’s more productive than many of the ones we’ve been having. And I hope putting something concrete out there that we can build off of will help move us in the right direction, help us feel not so lost and powerless, and help us get to the point where we start to feel like we can really do this—we can really rise to this challenge, and make a difference.

 

This is the 1st in a series of over 150 videos about how to create real, lasting social change. Click here for a list of all titles, videos, and transcripts.

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