The Social Change Model

Jose Embil, Staff Writer

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The world today is always and ever changing. There are all different kinds of change, and social change is one of the biggest. This type of change is happening every day, and the catalysts for this change are in all of us. To make social change more effective, there is a model called the social change model. There are seven C’s and they are all organized in three hubs: the Individual, the Group, and the Society.

                The Individual

The very first hub is the individual hub. In this hub, there are three of the seven C’s. The first is consciousness of self and others. This value says it is important to be aware of yourself and your values, as well as understanding that other people have different views and opinions, and that is okay. The next value is congruence. Being congruent means to stick to your deeply held values. This all hinges on being conscious of yourself, as you need to be conscious of what your values are to stick to them. The final value in the individual hub is commitment. Commitment is our motivation to serve and helps to drive the collective effort. When someone is committed, they will not give up on whatever they have committed themselves. Ashton Smith, a senior, said, “I committed myself to the bowling league in eighth grade, and stuck with it all the way until now.”

The Group

                The second hub is the group hub. There are three more C’s in this hub, all based in working with groups. This can be as small as 2 people, and can be larger, as long as there is a line of communication that gets to all members. The first value is collaboration. This value is the dynamic that happens when a group works toward a common goal. Without collaboration, nothing will get done. Collaboration hinges on a common purpose. A common purpose is the end goal the group wants to get to, and is achieved through collaboration. Finally, the last C is controversy with civility. This value recognizes that there will always be controversy, as everyone has differing views and not everyone will agree 100 percent of the time. This also applies to uncontrollable controversy, where it happens independently and causes problems. The big part of this value is that it is handled civilly, with respectful communication and restriction of criticizing anyone’s opinion. BreAnna Kilbourn, a senior, said, “I don’t work well with groups, but I can see how these values could help me work better with others.”

All these group values work together and can be compared to a train ride. The group is the train. Collaboration is the fuel for the train, pushing it along. The more collaboration, the faster ride. Common purpose is the final destination of the train. Everyone must be headed toward the same place, or there’ll be collisions. Finally, controversy is the stops along the way, as these are inevitable, and handling these stops with civility will keep the ride on schedule.

The Society

                The third and final hub is the societal hub. The final C is citizenship and is in this hub. Citizenship is the process where the individual and group all become responsibly connected with society. Being an active citizen in your community means you are participating in citizenship. Being conscious of your values and educating yourself, as well as working in collaborative groups all contribute to a more positive and effective citizenship experience. Hannah Shane, a senior, said, “As a part of NHS, I’m always participating in my community as much as I can.”

The Elusive Eighth C

                There is actually one final C: change. Change, specifically social change, will result from the combination of all three hubs. All of the C’s work together to create positive change in oneself, one’s group, and one’s society.

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The Social Change Model