What is a "Change Agent?
On the outset I must admit that being ‘a change agent’ is a noble aspiration. I assume ‘change’ in most of the contexts is for good and not for destruction. In my mind, change is akin to "making people better". This is something we all strive for in our social work colleges with our students, our field work agencies and the community.
For a dictionary definition, I would say that a change agent is someone who "alters human capability or organizational systems to achieve a higher degree of output or self actualization". The result of change agent activity is to enable people to do more, or find a new and better perspective on life.
“Change agent is as much about identity and character”.
“A change agent lives in the future, not the present”.
A change agent is fuelled by passion, and inspires passion in others, Change is hard work. It takes a lot of energy. A change agent has a strong ability to self-motivate.
A change agent must understand people, at the end of the day, change is about people. If you change everything but the people, I doubt think you'll be effective as a change agent. Change will really "stick" when people embrace it.
A successful change agent recognizes the opportunity for change, identifies the best approach, and becomes the catalyst that facilitates that change, whether by design, planning, or inspiration. They cannot do it alone, but are a strong influential force that drives the necessary momentum to get the ball rolling.
Role Of Social Worker As A Change Agent In The Society
A Social Worker's role is described as being both an agent of social control and an agent of social change. Discuss what you understand by this; analyze the dilemmas that performing these two roles might cause for Social Workers.
Social Workers may be employed in varied social settings. Social Workers play an important role in co-ordinating of all the programs of different agencies so as best to meet community needs for health and welfare services. Because of the important roles they play, they are known to be agents of social control and social change.
The role of a social worker involves mediating between clients and different organizations and communities. This is a double-edged role, consisting of elements of care and control.
Applications and Suggestions
I would like to share my views mentioned below to strengthen the activities of Schools of Social Work and to become a Change Agents in the Society
HOD-Department of Social Work, CMR Institute of Management Studies (Autonomous), Bengaluru-560043
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