Walden University Survey Says Social Change a Global Phenomenon

A new survey shows that active participation in social change is a now becoming a global phenomenon.

The study that was commissioned by Walden University is a continuation of a survey conducted in March concerning the domestic state of social change concerning active participation in such actions.

This study aims to assess the impact of social change while learning about the individuals creating and applying ideas, strategies and actions to promote the worth, dignity and development of society.

Harris Interactive conducted the survey in September 2011. Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms.

Talking with The Christian Post, Tamara Chumley Public Relations Manager for Walden University said the aim of the survey was how one “gauges their perceptions on the importance of social change, the top issues in their country and the future of social change.”

In the executive summary of the report, it states that the global survey includes the views of more than 12,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the United States.

Results of the survey found that on average, 75 percent of adults have engaged in positive social change during the past six months through a range of activities, which vary in popularity by country.

It found that seven out of the 11 countries preferred donating money, goods or other services as a way to participate in social change.

Where one person lives also has a big his or her own beliefs towards a social change issue, according to the report.

Poverty is most important in Spain with 49 percent of those surveyed feeling that is the most important issue as compared with 51 percent of those survey in Mexico stating that public safety was the most important to them.

However, 37 percent of all respondents surveyed stated that education was the most important issue for positive social change to address.

Those surveyed also expressed the interconnectivity they felt in current society with the aid of digital technology. Moreover, 73 percent of the respondents expressed they felt that what happened in other areas around the globe affects them in their local community.

Almost 30 percent of young adults’ ages 18 to 24 were involved in some form a positive social participation in the past six months according to the survey.

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