What Is Transformation?

Robert Gass explains how in order to effect social transformation, many of us will need a transformation in the way we work for change.

Those of us who work for Progressive social change believe that our society needs transfor- mation. We may campaign for specific targets: more jobs, better education and health care, an end to racial profiling, particular environmental protections, etc. But important as these are, we see them as symptoms of deeper issues: democracy at risk of corporate domination, social and economic structures that marginal- ize entire communities, and a society danger- ously out of balance with the natural world.
In order to effect social transformation, many of us perceive that we also need a transformation in the way we work for change.

While our existing methods of leadership, institution-building, coalitions, organizing, and campaigning have yielded important victories over the years, many social indicators are moving in the wrong direction. If we simply keep on doing what we’ve been doing, the truth is we are not on a trajectory to creating a just society nor meeting the threats to our environment. Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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