Changemakers: identifying the key people driving positive change in local areas

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Dellot, Benedict; Marcus, Gaia; Broome, Steve
Date of publication
1 February 2012
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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The RSA has worked to develop an innovative new approach to identifying and mobilising the key individuals who are driving positive change in local areas. Through piloting their 'social network analysis' research method, it has been able to map a diverse local network of ChangeMakers in Peterborough. Among those identified were members of the clergy, artists, head teachers, social entrepreneurs, housing officers, charity workers, police officers, businessmen, and everyday council officers. The results of the surveying indicate that such individuals are adept at driving positive change in their local areas. They appear rooted in their communities, have an impressive repertoire of capabilities, and are instilled with an appetite to apply their skills and knowledge to address local issues.

This report details the findings from the RSA research and argues that local areas could benefit strongly from better channelling the energy of these key individuals.

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