Big Question: Where can I begin – how do my strengths, skills, and dispositions relate to advancing just, inclusive, sustainable communities?
Time Commitment: 45 minutes
Think back to earlier modules on local actions and migrant rights in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania , as well as civil society more broadly. Do you recall if you felt particularly attracted to charity, project, policy change, be the change, or visionary futurism? If you haven’t had the chance to view those earlier pages, or if your memory is fuzzy, take 12 minutes to read Artist activists, policy lobbyists, early childhood educators: The great diversities in making a difference.
Why This Matters:
Reflecting on your strengths and dispositions across different types of change-making can help you find the location from which you can make the greatest impact. Additionally, appreciating broader movements for social justice can offer insight into how people and organizations frequently must work together – even across different change-making types, in order to make meaningful and lasting change.
Diving In, Part 1: Everyone has a role to play
One of the essential insights of this framework is that everyone is needed, and everyone can contribute. It’s about finding the right location and, of course, doing so with cultural humility and critical reflection on structural violence.
Reflection Question – Roles in Social Change:
Among the four roles in social change and “great diversities in making a difference” identified above, where are you most attracted to make your contribution? How does that show up in your current service, internship, work, or life? How do you hope your social change role shows up in your work moving forward?
On an issue that you’re passionate about, identify organizations, individuals, or activists that address the issue through the lens of:
- policy change
- be the change
- visionary futurism
Page Completion – Outcomes:
Now that you have completed this page and the readings, videos, and activities within it, you should have strengthened your understanding of:
- Different methods to advance a common cause toward more just, inclusive, sustainable communities
- Different roles that social change agents play
- Your own disposition toward social change roles and strategies
Next: What is sustainability and in what ways does it interconnect with global solidarity and local actions?
Citation for this page: Lion, J., & Hartman, E. (2020). How do my strengths, skills, and dispositions relate to advancing just, inclusive, sustainable communities? In E. Hartman (Ed.). Interdependence: Global Solidarity and Local Actions. The Community-based Global Learning Collaborative. Retrieved from http://globalsolidaritylocalaction.sites.haverford.edu/are-you-a-helper-an-advocate-an-organizer-a-rebel/
Hartman, E., & Keene, S. (2019, August 28). Artist activists, policy lobbyists, early childhood educators: The great diversities in making a difference. Retrieved May 7, 2020, from https://generocity.org/philly/2019/08/28/artist-activists-policy-lobbyists-early-childhood-educators-the-great-diversities-in-making-a-difference/
Lakey, G. (2016, February 3). What role were you born to play in social change? Retrieved May 12, 2020, from https://wagingnonviolence.org/2016/02/bill-moyer-four-roles-of-social-change/
Moyer, B. (n.d.). Four Roles in Social Change. Retrieved May 12, 2020, from https://www.trainingforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Four-Roles-in-Social-Change.pdf