How to make a social change positive? How to achieve better results through social movements? When people focus on building strengths instead of trying to understand what is wrong, social change is likely to be more positive. Social change begins with small and local improvements and comes to bigger, internationally wide issues such as global climate change.
Society typically responds to a problem – in politics, environmental destruction, racism, or other aspects may be concerned – in anger and the feeling of injustice, people, ignite struggle and resistance. Through something, negative people come to improvement and development to positive social change.
Given a choice, we would always prefer to avoid the crisis and remain in the comfort zone, but nothing can compare to a crisis in the aspect of positive social change. It's the best opportunity to stop, to think, to act differently, to do something extraordinary.
This transition serves tike a trigger to transform the world and make it healthier, safer, more viable with stronger communities and livelihoods, while also minimizing ecological harm.
Through a dark tunnel to light, we go
When we treat the crisis without focusing on problems but based on our strengths, we do not become blind optimistic and put rose-coloured glasses on, we do not try to escape problems and do not pretend they do not exist – we observe them within a broader context.
Focusing on potential and opportunities, people are more likely to strengthen their communities and form those changes they want to see. These changes may happen at all levels of life – in systems of legislation, economics, banking system, industries, between governments of different states. Many countries start negotiating and finally come to agreements that earlier seemed to be unobtainable. This is why it's utterly important to stay away from the social change model based on movements pushed by conflicts and confrontation. Instead, we need to move to rely on cooperation and collaboration. We should believe in each other, see the best qualities of every person and every community, focus on their strengths and skills. This is the way to creation –focusing on barriers and challenges will never be so much productive.
When the strengths-based model is followed, people are believed to be experts in their particular spheres and situations, while socially recognized workers – representatives of social communities – do not position themselves as those who have all the answers. Such an approach helps to strengthen relationships and develop communities learning to identify and value its assets, including skills, talents and passions of individuals. It's where every local community group, with its physical and mental assets becomes very much valuable and capable of building useful and effective connections with other groups.
Days of crisis – that very time when it's highly important to know your rights
Living in the comfort zone free of stress and crisis, people rarely care about their rights provided by the law. But when it comes to problems, they can significantly improve the uneasy situation by exercising their legal and human rights. However, they often do not even suspect they have access to some benefits, advice or support.
Being angry, unsatisfied and unhappy about the things happening around, people should advocate for social change. Those who collectively speak and ask are often heard. Many essential laws contributing to human freedoms and rights were created as a response to the actions taken by people.
Positive social change is impossible without respect to human rights. A healthy society is a society where each individual is valuable; each feels safe and connected to others. At the same time, it's not enough to guarantee rights to people constitutionally, more important is to exercise and respect these rights in practice. It does not often happen – especially in developing countries where ethnic, religious and cultural aspects are still widely thought to be incompatible with human rights. This idea becomes the instrument in the hands of the governments that prevent countries from democratization.
Human rights represent the engine of social change – their effectiveness is tightly connected with the point of the judiciary in enforcing these rights. Even with the holes in the system of justice, human rights concept is the best stimulating factor for social change – freedom of expression, access to human and legal rights and justice, freedom to protest and exercise other constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Exercising rights should become the habit; society should have organizations that play an educational role for those who remain unaware of their rights so far. This is one of the missions undertaken by volunteers who help people all over the world suffering from military conflicts, natural disasters, deceases and poverty. With foodstuffs, vital products, medicines, they bring knowledge and moral support.