Social Change around the World – Findings of the Social Change Impact Report

The 2012 Social Change Impact Report presents findings about the current state of social change around the world. The report was commissioned by Walden University and conducted online by Harris Interactive, covering data from February-March 2012. The survey includes perspectives of more than 8,900 individuals in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico and the United States and covers their perceptions and motivations for getting socially involved. Further, the report demonstrates the roles of government, non-profit organisations and the media in social change across different countries.

The 2012 survey is the second annual report and whereas last year’s findings emphasized on the power of social change in action from organisations and individuals who worked together to improve the lives of people around them, this year’s findings focus on how factors such as different economic conditions can influence social change attitudes and behaviours.

Findings of the report show that two-thirds of adults across the globe agree that when economic conditions are bad, it is more important to get involved in social change than when conditions are good. At the same time, many say that their actions do not change when the economy is bad, only 20% of the survey respondents, on average, claim that they are more likely to donate money to a cause or an organisation when economic conditions are bad.

For more detailed information, you can download the report here >>

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2 responses to “Social Change around the World – Findings of the Social Change Impact Report

  1. Getting in touch with your inner flow of wealth is the true key which helps people tap into the core of their creativity. It helps people tap into the latent abilities which takes them to a whole new level of excellence

  2. Absolutely agree with Roger. And would also like to add that in the recent years, the focus of the non-profit models have been to find a way to have a large measurable social benefit, where each dollar spent will have a multiplication of value, and spent in a way where the initial investment turns into a self sustaining model. On the other side of the profitability spectrum, for-profit entities and the talented people who run them are looking for ways to combine their passions and love for the world with their day jobs. Case in point: we have all heard of tech accelerators, now there are impact accelerators, and soon there will be a global impact accelerator network, giving companies that are focused on impact huge advantages over start ups that cannot articulate their social or environmental impact. One such is- Cloudfactory, a crowd powered technology startup (probably no one has heard of?) based out in Kathmandu, Nepal using a group based model in the sector of outsourcing. What interesting is CloudFactory’s social mission, to create 1 million jobs at the bottom of the pyramid in developing countries. More on the company’s unique business model already getting traction http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cloudfactory-raises-growth-capital-create-154400929.html
    All in all, this is indeed a good time to be a social entrepreneur. The idea of building a profitable business that has an impact among people at the bottom of the pyramid is an attractive one. It has also created a palpable excitement amongst investors and business incubators, media and the government. That said, social entrepreneurs seeking to combine meaningful impact with profitability face several challenges that are unique to the sector. Nonetheless, I think this movement is going to change the face of international development, the face of business, and ultimately, let’s hope, the face of investing.

    Disclaimer: I work for CloudFactory.

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