Causality - Luca Dellanna
It’s not that all change is bottom-up, but: long-lasting change usually is (here is why) it’s always worth asking yourself if what looks like a top-down change was initiated the bottom-up way. This phenomenon applies to many contexts: companies pivoting to what others (the bottom-up) proved working, managers promoting those employees who demonstrated deserving it, gatekeepers opening up once someone demonstrated having a (bottom-up) following. The top-down usually follows the bottom-up. More precisely, it goes as follows: The bottom-up initiates change, locally. If it sustains over time, the top-down formalizes it. The rest of the population adopts it, even if it lives far from who initiated point (1). The implication is: if you want change, do not live under the illusion that you need to wait for the top-down to give you the green light. The top-down will give you the green light once it is shown that your idea works (and it’s on you to show them).
Identity quakes and the art of changing minds - spiked - Andrew Doyle
Strategic Communications for Social Change Handbook & Workbook – Well Made Strategy
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Theory of change in ten steps
Rethinking Polarization | National Affairs
Dr. Elizabeth Sawin on Twitter: “If you feel like the world is going somehow in the 'wrong' direction, it may be worth thinking about how complex systems can be steered, and about how parts (even small under-resourced parts) can change wholes. A thread.“
Systems theory, rebalancing the whole
The Power of Story in a Fractured Society: Entertainment Media & Social Change | The Opportunity Agenda
2019 list of 50 Immersive Things that mix storytelling, performance, play, design & code
John Cutler on Twitter: “When advocating for change internally, 1) know yourself, and 2) know those around you. Are you/they ... Seekers Mix and marchers Copy/Pasters Egomaniacs https://t.co/3u6j68GieL“ / Twitter
types of people re: org change
Theory of Change Training Curriculum | Food Security and Nutrition Network
Diverse guidance exists on how to best design and use a TOC. In this curriculum (Theory of Change: Facilitator’s Guide and all accompanying materials), we present one method that does its best to align to the requirements of creating a development hypothesis for Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) funded by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Previous experience in program and TOC development, participant feedback from six years of TOPS workshops, and input from the FFP Monitoring and Evaluation Team all helped craft this curriculum. We update it each year to align to the most current FFP guidance for DFSA implementers and to share newly discovered training tips.
Crafting Headlines for Change: The Art and Science of Petition Titles · Change.org
Embracing complex social problems | Emerald Insight
ANI on Twitter: “Shivamogga: A farmer painted his dog to make it look like a tiger at Nallur village,Thirthahalli. Farmer's daughter says,'It was my father's idea to scare monkeys away. Earlier, monkeys used to destroy all our crops. Everyone in our villa
positive deviance in action
Heidi Boisvert: How I'm using biological data to tell better stories -- and spark social change | TED Talk
Applying behavioral insights to Intimate Partner Violence | The Behavioural Insights Team
Lessons for Social Change Communications Strategy From the US Marriage Equality and Antismoking Campaigns
Aspirational Communication, an approach that seeks to motivate and mobilize people to support a cause by connecting it to the audience’s aspirations for their own lives. I specifically suggest a six-step framework based on the approach that can help social movements to drive durable attitude change.
How to Save the World - Free Chapter - Visualization
Free PDF chapter of my book! ⬇️ The theory and neuroscience of applying vision, optimism, imagination, and creativity to solving big environmental and social problems.
Explanation and the “How“ of a Narrative - Narrative Initiative
Released in March as part of FrameWorks Institute’s 20th anniversary, the Explanation Declaration asks communicators to help people understand the “how” behind issues and see that how as a critical part of engaging and empowering people to take action.
Framework: Context Analysis of Technologies in Social Change Projects
Context analysis helps you to understand the elements of an environment and a group of potential users so that you can design a better technology project. It should involve key stakeholders, including implementing partners, donors, local and national authorities, and community members. We suggest five key lines of inquiry that context analyses should consider: People: Levels of education and literacy, information habits and needs, access to disposable income for equipment, electrical power to charge devices, and airtime and data to run them, and network access; Community: How membership of specific groups may affect access to technology and communications habits. For example, a nomadic clan may have attributable characteristics shared by its members, and variations in levels of access and freedom within the clan differentiated by gender and age. Market environment: An understanding of the key players, legal and regulatory issues, the mobile market, including both cost and distribution of agent networks, and the infrastructure, including commercial mobile infrastructure such as the availability of short-codes and APIs are all critical to making good design decisions. Political environment: understanding governance and control of, and access to, communications infrastructure by government and other actors Implementing organization: Many interventions have failed because staff were not able to maintain technology, because power or access to internet were not strong enough, because staff capacity was low or went away, or because the intervention was not supported by a broader culture of innovation and adaptive learning.
The Science of Belief: Move Beyond “Us” and “Them” to “We”
News media often frame refugees as a burden or threat to a community, where humanitarian stories often frame refugees as helpless people in a far-off land in need of help. Both narratives — while sympathetic — consistently situate refugees as outsiders. Our job as communicators is to shift the narrative from “us” and “them” to “we.”
How veganism became mainstream | The Spectator
Government and environmentalists need to understand this. To achieve change, you needn’t legislate so everyone adopts new behaviours simultaneously: you simply need to ensure every desirable new behaviour (veganism, installing solar panels, not flying when you can travel by train) reaches that level where it no longer looks weird. If just 10 per cent of attendees refuse to fly to a meeting, it becomes essential to offer videoconferencing, at which point a further 10 per cent will opt to attend the meeting remotely. If 10 per cent start taking trains to Frankfurt, it will pay to launch a European sleeper train service, at which point another 10 per cent will take the train. Once someone on your street has solar panels, you’ll feel happier installing your own. The biggest single influence on whether people drink Guinness in a pub is whether there is already someone in the pub drinking Guinness. A lot of socially beneficial behaviours work the same way. It’s not that we don’t want to do them — we do. We just don’t want to be the weirdo who does it first.
Buster Benson on Twitter: “System 1 is the part of our brains that is fast, instinctual, and intuitive. It operates on the order of milliseconds.“ / Twitter
Extension of System 1/System 2 thinking model from a social ecological perspective - Systems 1-5
Catalonia has created a new kind of online activism. Everyone should pay attention | WIRED UK
Unsticking Stuck Mental Models: Adventures in Systems Change
New CMSI Study Reveals How Major TV Programs and Newspapers (Mis)Represented Homelessness and Housing Security Issues in 2018 - Center for Media and Social Impact
Archives of Failures in Global Health | Nature Research Microbiology Community
Six Ways to Boost Public Support for Prevention-Based Policy
Addressing massive challenges like climate change and poverty requires that we take a long-term view and have a preventative mindset. Since these perspectives challenge the deeply ingrained ways we have evolved to think and behave, we need to pay attention to why prevention is hard to think about and navigate the cognitive road blocks that stand in the way of progress. By presenting issues and information in ways that unlock support for preventative approaches, we can galvanize the ideas and actions social and environmental change requires.
G4C19: Games for Change Festival - Complete Sessions - YouTube
Transformation is not a programme - DfE Digital and Transformation
Transformation sounds impressive, glamorous even, but what does it actually mean? After six years of leading transformation in government, this is my attempt to explain what it is, what it’s not, and how to spot the difference. It’s always good to start with a definition, and Cambridge Dictionary offers this one: ‘transformation: a complete change in the appearance or character of something… especially so that thing is improved’. This gives us some clues, but it’s not nearly complete. So with the help of my Twitter community, here’s 6 characteristics of what transformation is, and what it is not.
The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones - Scientific American Blog Network
Benioff and Weiss steer the narrative lane away from the sociological and shifted to the psychological. That’s the main, and often only, way Hollywood and most television writers tell stories. This is an important shift to dissect because whether we tell our stories primarily from a sociological or psychological point of view has great consequences for how we deal with our world and the problems we encounter.
Post-it notes spread protest message on Hong Kong’s Lennon Walls — Quartz
The Video4Change Impact Toolkit | Impact Through Filmmaking
This toolkit will show you how to design and strategise for impact in your progressive social change initiatives. It is designed for documentary or journalist video-makers, established Video for Change organisations, and nonprofit organisations that are using or thinking about using video to engage their communities. EngageMedia has produced this toolkit in partnership with the Video4Change Network. We are a group of video-makers — activists, journalists, documentary filmmakers, and human rights advocates — who have pooled our experience and knowledge to share tips, tools and resources on how to safely and effectively create powerful videos and engage audiences for changemaking.
Social and Behaviour Change Insights and Practice - Practitioner's Guide
Collective Wisdom · Co-Creating Media within Communities, across Disciplines and with Algorithms
Why co-create and why now? Collective Wisdom is a first-of-its-kind field study of the media industry, that maps works that live outside the limits of singular authorship. While the concept of co-creation is entering the zeitgeist, it is an ancient and under-reported dynamic. Media co-creation has particular relevance in the face of today’s myriad of challenges, such as the climate crisis and threats to democracy. But it is not without risks and complications. In this study we look at how people co-create within communities; across disciplines; and increasingly, with living systems and artificial intelligence (AI). We also synthesize the risks, as well as the practical lessons from the field on how to co-create with an ethos grounded in principles of equity and justice. This qualitative study reframes how culture is produced, and is a first step in articulating contemporary co-creative practices and ethics. In doing so, it connects unusual dots.
5 ways to change the narrative from fear to hope | Bond
A Guide to Hope-Based Communications | OpenGlobalRights
Also see author's org: https://www.hope-based.com/ 5 shifts: 1) Fear to hope 2) Against to for 3) Problem to solution 4) Threat to opportunity 5) Victims to heroes
Conformity: The Power of Social Influences — Cass Sunstein (review)
Especially striking was something that I was not surprised by but had never heard explained before: the idea that groups conform, but always in a specific direction. They always become more extreme. They never move towards the middle. Sunstein addresses the phenomenon by describing relevant research. He writes: The effect of group deliberation was to shift individual opinions toward extremism. Group “verdicts” on climate change, affirmative action, and same-sex unions were more extreme than the predeliberation average of group members. In addition, the anonymous views of individual members became more extreme, after deliberation, than were their anonymous views before they started to talk. We see this phenomenon everywhere, especially social media, but the simple principle of conformity by itself doesn’t explain it. If a group conforms over time, shouldn’t their new views converge on the original group mean? Wouldn’t people’s views be just as likely to become more moderate than more extreme? The answer, of course, is no. Why? Because someone with more extreme views is usually more outspoken or passionate about those views, and that looks to most people like confidence. And we tend to conform to the views of those who seem more confident. Maybe Facebook isn’t the best place to form our political opinions.
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How Change Happens, with Cass Sunstein | Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
"My little pitch is that a social movement worth celebrating doesn't only un-falsify people's preferences and unleash them to say what they actually think. It also casts a fresh light on the past. It doesn't just elicit preexisting judgement, it produces new ones."
Instagram story of young Holocaust victim Eva aims at new generation | The Times of Israel
Creating your theory of change: NPC's practical guide
Cultural Web | Art of change making
The Cultural Web is a tool used to map the culture of an organisation and is a way of seeing and understating the different influences that affect organisational culture. It can be used to map existing culture and it can also used to map future culture based on the question: ‘What does the culture need to look like to make this change happen’? The two maps can then be compared in order to promote discussion and highlight what, where and how change can be implemented.
Theory of Change Examples | Theory of Change Community
Theory of Change Online
Theory of Change Online (TOCO) is the only web-based software (no download required) that you can use to design and edit and store your Theory of Change, learn the concepts of theory of change, and capture your outcomes, indicators, rationales and assumptions in an interactive graphical environment.
To Get Companies to Take Action on Social Issues, Emphasize Morals, Not the Business Case
How to Lead Design Thinking When People Aren’t Familiar with It
The State of SIE Report — Mapping the landscape of social impact entertainment
Social impact entertainment (SIE) is changing the world. Our landmark report explores this emerging field through the views and insight of the artists and industry experts who know it best.
I Took on My Village Elders to End FGM
Convinced Masai elders to do away with cutting but to keep the rest of the coming of age ceremony
How Protests Become Successful Social Movements
Have you ever seen someone stand up to a bully at work? What’s the best way of doing it while still being professional? - Quora
"Pink alert" story - bearing silent witness - nurses