Lots of people want to change the world. But how does change happen? History is filled with stories of people and institutions that spent big and devoted many resources to effect change but have little to show for it.
By contrast, many societal changes have taken place without forethought from anyone. Often, these events are not even noticed until they’re completed.
At the same time, the pace of change worldwide and within the United States has increased drastically since the emergence of email and the web. Entire industries have been subjected to fundamental restructuring thanks to new technological advances. The rise of social media and behavioral marketing has empowered average citizens but has also subjected them to manipulation and surveillance far beyond any historical parallel.
In the political realm, new movements have emerged and old challenges have resurfaced. Both major American political parties are being torn asunder from internal and external pressures. Even as people can be more connected than ever, modern society has become more atomized. Community and place are now subject to continual reevaluation.
Each episode of Theory of Change is a deep look at the people who are trying to change the world, chronicling their successes but also exploring the limits of change. The primary subject areas will be politics, sociology, technology, and business.