Thoreau, Jobs and Jane Addams as agents of social change
Social change denotes the revolution of behavior, culture and social institutions over a given period. Most of the aspects that exist in this contemporary society are as a result of social change. That said, it is important to note that the diversity of change in a given society is a reflection of the reasons for the change that stirred the respective agents (Rothaermel 143). For instance, some agents fought for human rights which led to the current freedom that the society enjoys while other agents focused on science and technology resulting to the current information age. These aspects have made tremendous contributions to human life in different fields. Therefore, Thoreau, jobs and Mulholland diverse reasons for social change was a contribution to different areas of human life.
Backgrounds of agents of change
There are agents of change who were driven by the passion for fighting for human rights and nature. People were faced with diverse challenges concerning human rights that were evident in extreme social injustices. In relation to this, we have people such as David Thoreau who was an outspoken abolitionist working as an agent to assist slaves to escape to Canada. Also, he wrote strongly-worded articles attacking the fugitive slave law and John Brown execution (Schulz 38). In regards to this, it is important to understand the impacts of his writing on issues of slavery and protecting nature. It is evident that his contribution was a significant influence for change of behavior on slavery.
Moreover, there have been tremendous changes in science and technology. Some agents majored on the technological field as a drive. Considering the agents of change in this field of technology, Steve Jobs is among them as a result of his contributions. Jobs was a savvy business leader and a co-founder of most tech corporations in the world. For instance, he was among the pioneers of the personal computers (PC) revolution through the rules of technological devices and how people should use them for efficiency (Walter 46). Besides, Jobs uncommon work and capability to foresee a market made him a legend in the transformation in technological devices and a corporate leader.
Jane Addams is among the agents of social change in the field of humanity. To begin with, she is an inspiration to the social workers as well as change agents in the social strata. She decided to live with the poor Americans voluntarily to learn and understand their needs and plight. She established a Hall House in Chicago, a social service that was assisting more than 2,000 people weekly (Deegan 97). Moreover, she was also known as a pacifist because of her contribution to opposing the First World War. It is important to note that her contribution to changing the behavior of people to foster peace was greatly felt.
Connect the agents of social change
- Made contributions that inspired other people
- Seekers of beauty and simplicity
- Positioned in cultural narratives as rebels
Social change agents; Jobs, Thoreau, and Jane Addams, made important contributions that motivated people around the world. They both addressed issues that were later embraced by the people and changed the system. For example, Jobs’ understanding of the market and predictions promoted innovation. As a result, people were inspired to innovate based on his predictions. Similarly, Thoreau’s fight for nature and against slavery influenced people to change their behavior on issues. He inspired people to take care of nature as well as abolish slavery (Jeffrey 45). Jane Addams fight for peace was an inspiration for the adoption of peace globally. Therefore, it is important to understand that they both majored on issues that inspired people to change to make improve and better their lives.
These agents of social change wanted to establish a world that is simple, better and responsive. To achieve this, they sought for beauty and simplicity of the world. By focusing on issues related to technology, Steve Jobs wanted to foster a world of the improved information age to advance the lives of people. For instance, his prediction of an information system that will boost online marketing led to innovation that advanced business operations especially for start-ups (Samer 59). Through this, the world is indeed beautiful with different advances made as a fulfillment of Jobs predictions. For instance, we are witnesses to the contribution of technological advances such as computers, and cloud storages among others.
Besides, Jane Addams through her initiative of understanding the plight of poor people and assisting them was a movement to make the world beautiful and simple. She was able to support more than 2000 poor people in the US weekly. Thus, the message of the initiative was to create an environment that is beautiful by assisting the people who are in need.Similarly, Thoreau fight for freedom of slaves as well as protection of nature was critical in creating a beautiful world (Jeffrey 44). It is apparent that the presence of anti-slavery initiatives existed to make the world a better and a beautiful place to stay. In addition, the beauty of the world also depends on the conservation of nature which is the most significant message from David Thoreau.
The agents were positioned within the cultural narratives as rebels against the authorities, and status quo. At that point in time, the leaders stood by their decisions, and the status quo was resistive to any social change. As a result of this, Thoreau, Jobs, and Jane experienced a lot of resistance from leaders and the status quo to the point that they were described as rebels. It is apparent that there pressure to foster a change to make the world a better place for the upcoming generation (Samer 54). However, the authorities and the status quo were contented with the way things were being handled. Therefore, in different regions and time, these agents faced oppositions in their fight for change to improve the lives of people.
The advances for change faced various oppositions. First, through the leadership of Steve Jobs, the authorities claimed that Apple was not following the rules and that it was not like other corporations. For example, Apple introduced a tagline “think differently” to enable their workers to think creatively to change events. Moreover, it was claimed that Thoreau endorsed rebellion of people against societal norms and gave readers the strength to disrespect elders. While fighting to restore the quality of nature and respect for human rights, the move was termed to be against the social norm. Similar to Jobs and Thoreau, Jane also faced rejection while making advances to maintain peace throughout the world (Shields 102). The initiative was termed as a rebellion to the voice of leaders.
Abu-Saifan, Samer. “Social entrepreneurship: definition and boundaries.” Technology innovation management review 2.2 (2012).
The author of the article “Social entrepreneurship” is Samer Abu-Saifan. According to Samer Abu-Saifan, entrepreneurship is becoming an important aspect of the development and the well-being of communities. In addition, the author states that the interest of social entrepreneurs originates from their role of addressing important social issues and dedications to improving the lives of people. It is evident that the primary objective of social entrepreneurs is to solve the social problems that people experience. Therefore, the article is important to understand the role of agents of social change.
Deegan, Mary Jo. Jane Addams and the men of the Chicago School, 1892-1918. Routledge, 2017.
The author of the book “Jane Addams and the men of the Chicago School” is Mary Deegan. Mary sites the relationship between Jane and Chicago men through her work Thomas and Meed. While working together, they managed to introduce an interpretation of the world as social with foundation in their commitments to social change.The book is important because it addresses the link between symbolic interactionism and social reforms to transform society.
Isaacson, Walter, and Steve Jobs. “The Exclusive Biography.” (2011).
The book “The Exclusive Biography” was written at the request of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Walter is a former executive at CNN and has significantly contributed to writing best-selling biographies. The book is riveting with the transformation of modern life through information age displaying supernatural abilities of Jobs and driven subject. In the book, Walter tells the story of a life and intense creative personality of an entrepreneur who strives for perception revolutionized industries such as phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing among others.
Rothaermel, Frank T. Strategic management. McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
The book on “strategic management” was written by Frank Rothaermel. It tends to integrate the theories, research, and practical applications using real-world examples. The approach provides readers with a learning experience that brings together as well as prepares them for a kind of challenges they are likely to experience as managers within the international and turbulent business environment. In addition, it provides awareness on issues such as opposition to change that are intended to keep the society at a standpoint.
Schulz, Kathryn. “Pond scum: Henry David Thoreau’s moral myopia.” The New Yorker 19 (2015).
Kathryn Schulz is the author of the article. She brings to light the integrity of Thoreau in the fight for social change. According to Kathryn, Thoreau is one of the most exceptional individuals in the Americans intellectual heritage and one who could advise and remind leaders as well as the citizens about American values. Kathryn also sites that Thoreau was advocating for life was fostered around freedom, embracing God, equality, simplicity, and morality among others. Therefore, Thoreau is among the social change agents who fought to better people’s lives.
Shields, Patricia M. “Building the Fabric of Peace: Jane Addams and Peace weaving.” (2016).
The author of the article “Building the fabric of peace” is Shields Patricia. She notes Jane Addams based on her leadership in social settlement initiative and her ambition for peace. According to Shields, Addams acquired most her values from her background in Christianity which transformed her ideas and reasoning in pushing for peace. The article is important to understand what motivated Addams to embrace peace through all means.
Utzinger, Jeffrey. “A Season of Purity: The Moral Naturalism of Henry David Thoreau.” The Concord Saunterer 24 (2016): 30-48.
The author of the book “A season of purity; the moral naturalism of Thoreau” is Jeffrey Utzinger. According to Jeffrey, Thoreau condemned the neighbors, media and the leaders for their lack of focus to what was regarded as significant to the society. Thoreau stated that he had lost his country based on the immoral issues that were happening and that he was unable to enjoy his nature walk. The book is important in understanding Thoreau description of moral naturalism.