3 Crucial Elements of Being a Change Agent

George Couros, The Principal of Change, Sept 12, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have no particular desire to be a "change agent" but I know a lot of people in education technology value the concept. George Couros lists three essential principles to successful change agency:

  • Show and model change in yourself.
  • Relationships are the foundation... no one wants to feel they need to be “fixed”.
  • Start the journey from where people are, not where you want them to go.

These principles are reasonable, but they come from the perspective of pushing somebody in the direction you want them to go. Hence the agency in 'agent'. I prefer a model where the agent helps people get where they want to go.


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