On May 7th Ian spoke with Stephan Schwartz, a futurist and columnist for Explore, the publisher of the Schwartzreport.net and author of “The 8 Laws of Change.” They assessed whether the recent Rose Garden ceremony of a group of smug, smiling “Christian” white men celebrating the passage of a bill in the House that will hurt and harm millions of their fellow Americans could backfire.
With demographics, wealth inequality, social values and a history of making life worse for those who support them at the polls working against them, how long can white, male, Republican congressmen continue to dominate our national agenda?
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More from Stephen Schwartz
Inspired by his own powerful experiences during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and other social movements in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, Stephan Schwartz spent 16 years researching successful social transformations, uncovering the science and the patterns behind them all. He found that there are three ways to create social change. The first is the advancement of technology and science. The second–change compelled by physical power–is almost always coercive and violent and, for those reasons, not long lasting. The third avenue of change he discovered–the most successful and enduring–is one brought about by something so subtle it is often not taken seriously: small individual choices based on integrity and shared intention.
Revealing how the dynamics of change are learnable, Schwartz explains the 8 laws of individual and social behavior that can enable any person or small group–even ordinary people without great wealth, official position, or physical power–to bend the arc of history and create successful lasting transformation. He shares the stories of individuals who have actually changed history, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, Mother Teresa, and Mahatma Gandhi, detailing how they implemented the strategies and tactics of the 8 laws to achieve their success.