It concludes by offering some strategies for promoting change in organizations and communities.
The piece was originally prepared for the Pew Partnership for Civic Change in 1996.
How do groups and individuals consciously bring about change?
"Everything which has come down to us from heathendom is wrapped in a thick fog; it belongs to a space of time we cannot measure.Libby received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in 1960.The radiocarbon dating method is based on the fact that radiocarbon is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen.These apparent contradictions may partly explain the increased attention to change today in a number of disciplines, from anthropology to quantum physics to management theory to social science. Can orderly patterns be found in the midst of apparent chaos?Is it possible for organizations to maintain stability under conditions of constant change?We know that it is older than Christendom, but whether by a couple of years or a couple of centuries, or even by more than a millenium, we can do no more than guess." [Rasmus Nyerup, (Danish antiquarian), 1802 (in Trigger, 19)].