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  • Seven Forms of Social Change


    [Excerpt from Ask Michael: February 2016]


    Maureen:  Michael, I am interested in your take on a sociological model that would best describe and or explain the rise and the fall or the general movement of change. The model would not place people into categories but place beliefs into clusters that match certain demographics. If we had a model from you it might be easier to talk about the movement of power and the movement of change, etc. within our world.


    This may end up being a topic length answer so if you have more material than we have time for today an outline would be great. Thanks.


    MEntity:  Because of the breadth and depth of this topic, we can only share a brief outline today, but encourage further exploration. If we understand your question and premise correctly, we can describe the various forms of Change within a society to be as follows: 


    • NURTURING CHANGE, with positive pole of Progressive and negative pole of Safe.
    • RADICAL CHANGE with positive pole of Overhaul and negative pole of Collapse.
    • PERSUASIVE CHANGE with positive pole of Invisible and negative pole of Deceitful.
    • REMOTE CHANGE with positive pole of Unaffected and negative pole of Apathetic.
    • REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE with positive pole of Renewal and negative pole of Rebellion.
    • REPRESSED CHANGE - slow/regressive, and
    • REQUIRED CHANGE - Responsible/Resistant (painful).


    These do correlate to the Roles, and are in order of Server, Artisan, Warrior, Scholar, Sage, Priest, and King.


    Though the preference for methods of change is not limited to Role, there may be some familiarity in the brief descriptions.


    In the United States, which is a heavy Artisan/Warrior country, change tends to come in the correlative ways associated with those Roles. 


    This is an example on a larger scale. 


    We can elaborate in further exchanges, but this structure of preferences and paths for Change tend to be how social change comes about, and how those within those social structures will fight to implement their ideal path and preferences.

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