As 2013 comes to a close, it’s a good time to pause and think about the bigger picture of social responsibility in personal terms. How do you evaluate your individual role as a social change agent? How would you define it? How do you measure it? To help with this exercise, Walden University has produced a survey and a quiz designed to discover more about people who are involved in positive social change. Their third annual social impact report includes the perspectives of more than 9,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico, and the U.S. On average, 92 percent of adults say they have done something to engage in positive social change. Who are these people, and how are they contributing? The survey defines six distinct types of social change agents around the world: Ultracommitted Change-Makers, Faith-Inspired Givers, Socially Conscious Consumers, Purposeful Participants, Casual Contributors, and Social Change Spectators. Each type of social change agent is described as unique in terms of engagement, motivating factors, and prioritization of issues. How do you fit into the global social responsibility picture? Take Walden University’s quiz at www.WaldenU.edu/impactreport
to find out what kind of social change agent you are, and, what kind you might want to become in 2014. Here’s hoping the coming year will continue to see the many types of social change that we saw in 2013. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.