A new study has found there are six types of social change agents in the world, and Canadians are some of the 92 percent of adults who say they've made positive contributions to the global community at some point in their lives. The
come from an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive during the spring of 2013.
Released this week, the Walden University 2013 Social Change Impact Report has categorized these agents into six classifications: ultra-committed change-makers, faith-inspired givers, socially conscious consumers, purposeful participants, casual contributors and social change spectators. Each group has different motivations for their philanthropy, as well as different outlets for their action.
The most active agents of change, these individuals dedicate their lives to social justice.
These philanthropists are inspired by their religion and are typically active within any given faith.
Socially Conscious Consumers
This group (of which I'm a part) is comprised of those who are drawn to "green" and social justice issues, and tend to support environmentally conscious businesses.
More pragmatic in nature, people who fall into this category are driven by professional motivations like work and school.
Typically of an older demographic, these people are inspired by local communities and want to instigate change in their immediate environments
Social Change Spectators
While some spectators have engaged in social change at some point in their lives, it isn't an ongoing commitment they have throughout the course of their lives. Interested in finding out what type of social change agent you are? Take the Walden University quiz
. As for the report's key findings for Canada, it concluded that education remains the country's most important social change topic (68 percent of the 1,010 Canadian adults polled feel it's important), while an improved global community is significant for 48 percent of Canadians. We're also a fairly charitable bunch: Fifty-three percent of Canadians donated money, goods or services within the six months prior to the study; only China and India surpassed that figure at 58 percent and 55 percent, respectively.
Infographic courtesy MultiVu/Walden University