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Social Change: A Call for Case Studies

July 21, 2015 by


Last time at #smchat #socialchange we talked about the value of some good working case studies, to see how some of our ideas about social change might apply in practice. Is that a step we are ready to take? After all, we’ve talked for months about factors that make social change possible. Let’s recap with […]

Are there Initial Conditions for the Emergence of Social Change?

April 22, 2015 by


Which came first: the chicken or the egg?  It’s a famous paradox with implications in our on-going discussion of Social Change. Most of us are content to wait around for others to innovate, to don the armor of the entrepreneur, to start a non-profit, or organize a tea party. Social change is easy as long […]

Social Accountability and Abundance: Are We Connecting the Dots?

August 27, 2014 by


As we continue our series on #SocialChange with a Social Accountability focus, I can’t help noticing the success of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. For me, it ended as it did for many with a $100 check being sent to a good cause.  But I was also intrigued by a thought shared by Sharon Mostyn in last week’s […]

Social Media and the Ice Bucket Challenge

August 19, 2014 by


The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – have you done it? By now, sports figures, business leaders, celebrities and nearly everyone I know has donated, done the challenge, been called out for it and/or un-tagged themselves from being called out for it! One of my favorite videos (by DJ Waldow, of the Living Your Passion podcast) […]

Social Accountability: 1 of 6 Building Blocks in a Social Change Framework

July 21, 2014 by


It’s not unusual to grapple with accountability in both our organizations and our personal lives. More often than not, it’s about taking ownership and following through on commitments. So what makes accountability is social ecosystems so difficult? For starters, it’s a numbers game. A community has lots of people with lots of different opinions. That […]

Are We Wired for Social Change?

March 25, 2014 by


As we explore the enablers of Social Change, let’s take a look at our personal networks. The potential of our messages (and ultimately, our impact) will be influenced by the nature and degree of our connectedness. Think about it. Will our friends and followers be receptive? Are the needed connections in place? In short, are […]

Crowdsourcing for Social Change: Finding the people with new ideas

February 25, 2014 by


We’ve talked recently about messaging for social change and the many aspects of the stories we tell that help get folks engaged. But what of the people with untapped ideas? So often in the NFP (not for profit) space there is an established cause or charity that seeks our support, engagement, signatures, likes .. and […]

Crafting A Message for Social Change

January 21, 2014 by


We last touched on social change in late October, as we discussed the many nuances of story .. exploring its role in our learning, our culture, and our desire to make things better. A story informs, and it teaches. It models, and it makes us think. In fact, we could argue that story is the fundamental means through […]

Crossover: The Power of Diverse Social Connections

October 22, 2013 by


Last week on a related CDNA post, we introduced the basket weave metaphor, tapping the visual power it brings to the discussion of crossover.  We discussed how diverse strands (approaching from alternate directions) will create a stronger, more flexible solution.  In short, we gain critical reinforcement when we come at a problem from different directions. […]

Foundations: Social Media for Social Change [8/28 1pET]

August 27, 2013 by


Last month we made great progress on what social change might look like through a social media lens. We had an in-depth, hour-long discussion on key factors and enablers. Because this could help reinforce the foundation for our series, I’ve completed a deep read of our 7/24 #smchat transcript, capturing some highlights. I tried to […]