We are in the middle of a transformative social change

Large transformative social change will put considerable pressure on the society. We see it everywhere in the world today, in Greece, in Spain, in Israel, in the Arab world and in England. When a societal era is approaching the final stage and society turns into a new shape the established system are also beginning to decay and political division of the wealth turns into something that could be compared to a pure crisis management. The events of recent years, which now have escalated to the events in the UK, are example of the seismic shift that occurs when the distribution of wealth goes into pure crisis management. Tensions in the community are reinforced by increased unemployment, social problems, stress and illness. All are typical signs of a societal shift. In this sense there is much to learn from history, even if we don´t need to copy the approach, it´s an important source of understanding of what happens at large transformative social change.

Therefore I think it´s important to create a deeper understanding of the new time. Only then we realize that much of the fragmentation and segregation that currently characterize the society can be explained by the fact that we are in transition between two social types. To understand the new time means to process all the new impressions and let them challenge our established understanding patterns – our world view. Only then – and never before – can knowledge and information about our new time have an impact in a new and different actions.

This is no defense for individuals or groups of actions. These can be none other than themselves responsible, however, it´s an attempt to place the events in a more complex context.

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.”

Niccolo Machiavelli


About sanderberg

I´m a Society Analyst, Innovator and Opinion leaders and I help people and organization to understand our completely new era and how it affects our society. I have summarized my thoughts and reflections in an interactive book in three parts, which I call Society Developers 2.0.
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3 Responses to We are in the middle of a transformative social change

  1. a seismic shift is occuring around us, a certain fracturing but somehow we have to ‘detect’ the emerging patterns and needs of all these huge societal issues and see a future, otherwise we enter a ‘dark’ period. Seems all real doom and gloom stuff but ‘reality’ is hurtling towards us from global to local impact

  2. sanderberg says:

    Yes, the global and local are increasingly important at the expense of the national perspective. Interpersonal issues are becoming increasingly important puzzle pieces for a “good” society, if they not always have been so. People must feel that they participate and are involved and not faceless puzzle pieces in the society. So I think it´s important to focus on building social capital. This can only be done by people themselves in interpersonal relations and can never be left to faceless institutions. “Society” can, however, contribute and support such processes, using resources, but also important symbolic acts which show that interpersonal relations are important basic foundation for a functional society.

    Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist extremist, ask why transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movement have been increasingly difficult to gain a foothold. Ideas, narratives, symbols and leaders is something that terrorist networks, extremists and madmen understand and use skilfully and successfully to prevent the democratic process. It´s high time that we deeply understand the new time and starting using similar techniques to build trust, respect and tolerance for the society. Therefore is it so important to invest and focus on social capital.

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