Aboriginal people protesting in Australia. One sign reads: open your eye

How Does Social Change Happen?

The concept of social change involves a transition in society from one state to another, within a specific point in time. The level of change, and whether this change has a profound effect on a society, depends on a complex interplay of actors, actions and organisation.

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A large of protesters march down the street

You must change the whole pattern at once

There are too many complaints about society having to move too fast to keep up with the machine. There is great advantage in moving fast if you move completely, if social, educational, and recreational changes keep pace. You must change the whole pattern at once and the whole group together — and the people themselves must decide to move.

Margaret Mead, 4 September 1954, Time Magazine
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