Depending on your experience you might have used a variety of different concepts to talk about this topic. We are using social change here because it is a broad term that captures the diversity of ways that we engage in the world to improve the communities in which we live. This course is structured from the perspective that we, individually and collectively, should be able to make those decisions that affect our lives and that engaged participation in social change is essential to that. Social change arises from many sources, changes in technology, shifts in economic systems, etc. However, this course is oriented to those processes of social change that occur when small groups of people work together to intentionally shape their communities based on shared values.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead