Definition Of Social Change

definition of social change

    social change

  • Social change refers to an alteration in the social structure of a social group or society, ie. a change in the nature, social institutions, social behaviours or social relations of a society.
  • Society is always changing. Changes in any dimension affect all other dimensions. The role of the mobilizer is to try to influence social change so that it is towards development.
  • the transformation of culture and social institutions over time


  • An exact statement or description of the nature, scope, or meaning of something
  • The action or process of defining something
  • a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
  • (define) specify: determine the essential quality of
  • A statement of the exact meaning of a word, esp. in a dictionary
  • clarity of outline; “exercise had given his muscles superior definition”

definition of social change – Social Change

Social Change
Social Change
This introduction to social change covers the momentous and relatively recent changes that have occurred in the human condition, examining not only the major causes and conditions underlying our current situation, but also the main choices and options we face as we strive to shape our individual and collective futures. This edition of Social Change has been thoroughly updated and revised. Building on previous editions, the book introduces a social scientific approach to change, discusses the components of change and the factors driving them, examines change on the macro-level, then looks toward the future with a discussion of planned change. Most chapters explore societies of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and include comparative dimensions, especially along First, Second, and Third World lines. The engaging narrative traces several themes, such as the rise of capitalism and the socialist alternative, or civil rights movements in the United States and elsewhere, throughout the book. Social Change, Third Edition features a new discussion of the recent economic crisis and the interconnectedness of the global economy, new empirical data on globalization, and updated discussions of the concepts of evolution and altruism. It also incorporates the dramatic changes in India and China throughout the book.

Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2012

Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2012
Graphic facilitation by Kelvy Bird of the opening plenary with Kavita Shukla (Fenugreen), Taylor Conroy (Destroy Normal Consulting) and Lauren Bush Lauren (FEED Projects), moderated by Daniel Epstein (Unreasonable Institute).

The Social Enterprise Conference is one of the world’s leading forums to engage in dialogue, debate, and expression around social enterprise. Over time, the Conference has become an arena to explore innovative ideas that challenge the status quo and inspire a call to action.
The Conference is entirely student-run, jointly hosted by students from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The following are key reasons why we’re excited to organize the conference:
To showcase innovative ideas, trends, and people within social enterprise to encourage better solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems;
To expand participants’ understanding of various disciplines and models within social enterprise, with an emphasis on sharing knowledge and increasing collaboration among conference participants; and
To provide a forum for practitioners to receive feedback so that they continually evolve their models to solving global social problems.


The 2012 Harvard Social Enterprise Conference is themed Innovation, Inclusion, & Impact. These three elements are the key ingredients of successful social enterprises.
Innovation is essential to social enterprise as a pioneering field. Across geographies, large-scale organizations have yet to address staggering economic and social inequalities in sectors such as health, education and urbanization. This inaction leaves fertile territory for social enterprises to conceive and test new cutting-edge solutions.
Inclusion is core to our definition of social enterprise. Ventures that expand the boundaries of economic markets to include otherwise marginalized populations – such as small African businesses without access to credit, or uninsured American patients without access to healthcare – will provide both an increased quality of life for stakeholders, and a sustainable route to overall economic growth.
Perhaps the most compelling dimension of any social enterprise, however, is Impact. Scale has been elusive to the lion’s share of social enterprises – there are only a handful of such initiatives that have managed to engage more than a million customers or producers to positive effect. Select microfinance institutions have expanded from scratch, as have certain agricultural sourcing initiatives. Still, most under-takings have struggled to grow while maintaining the integrity of their social mission.
SECON 2012 will encourage debate and action around these three fundamentals, infused throughout our panels, workshops and keynotes. Participants will gain the insights and tools to examine their own initiatives and agendas through these lenses. By focusing the dialogue at our conference, we believe we can drive a more potent and influential social enterprise sector as a burgeoning source of positive change.

Define: "The True Social Circle"

Define: "The True Social Circle"
was taken two weeks ago when I was still in Shanghai for the world Expo. This was in a room/showing room and right across was this SOLAR ENERGY ball – i truly believe that this is the real definition of what a social circle is…when people of all ages different sizes come together and yell/scream and go wild together…it will make the ball move/change different colors.

amazing shit.

definition of social change

Social Change (5th Edition)
This book is about the age-old concern with social change, which is one of the most important, challenging, and exciting topics in sociology. It is concerned with the questions of how society changes, in what direction, and by what forces this change occurs. Using exciting real-life case examples, this book draws attention to the characteristics, processes, and perspectives of social change in the United States and cross-culturally. It covers theories, patterns, spheres, duration, reactions, the impact, the costs, the strategies, and the assessment of social change. Because of its current and timely material, this is an excellent reader for social workers, counselors, and sociologists.