Social change is the transformation of the social order in the community by making adjustments and variations to social institutions, behavior, and relations. It involves social evolution where the society makes amendments to traditional societal norms leading to the necessary change. However, the modification of the developmental psychology is crucial in ensuring that the necessary change is successful. It results from various factors, which support the change making it inevitable. -Social change leads to increased awareness and more understanding due to the presence of more information in the community, which enables people to make informed decisions based on the scenario at hand. There is also improved civic participation attributed to change in the attitude of the public, which motivates them to correct instances of injustice (Cohen, 2011). According to psychology, social change begins with the personal change, which leads to commitment and motivation needs to undertake group and community change in general.
Community social change entails transformative change, cultural change, and organizational change. Transformative change involves making amendments based on plans in the community. The building blocks of social change include various crucial factors that need to be fulfilled to achieve the required change. The first component is transformative change. It involves addressing of pressing and sustainability issues and challenges such as loss of biodiversity in the society and climatic changes. To ensure the success of this component, the social and cultural systems need to be amended to enable the transition to sustainable humanity civilization. It is done through the application of practical knowledge and experience that will facilitate the transformative change. Another critical component of social change is engagement and participation.
Members of the community need to be involved in the formulation of the modification policies to ensure collaboration among the parties involved. Through the involvement of people in the society in creating a sustainable future, they become committed and motivated in pursuing the required social change. Environmental education and learning are also important in ensuring behavioral change compliance. Through education, people obtain valuable information that encourages people to think keenly of the necessary change and get involved in the change process. The vision of the change program is shared among the participants that allow them to become involved in the change process leading to the realization of the change (Sharan, 2004). A combination of the education and applied foresight identifies threats to the sustainability of the program enabling them to take advantage of current opportunities thus achieve the desired plans and goals.
Social change is facilitated through social research. Social research involves members of the community in collecting information from the society that requires implementing changes in their policies, thinking and approach in life. It requires innovative methods that determine strategies that will be successful in realizing the required change. These research programs are based on specific problems facing the community to identify the needs and wants of the community. It leads to customized policies and approaches that will address the issues identified thus leading to real change. The first step in social research involves analysis of the community in question. Information and full details of the community are examined to determine the problems in that society that needs to be rectified and changed to achieve an operational society (Unkelbach, 2013). The policies implemented are customized to suit the changing requirements of the community. Social research allows the social change strategies to be sustainable. It is because the change is evidence based leading to informed decision-making in the development of the modification structures and strategies.
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