New Social Phenomena

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Social commentators (Evers, T., 1985; Ferguson, M., 1980; Hawken, P., 2012; Ireland, R., 1998; Wikepedia, 2014) have reported on a new social phenomenon that commenced around the 1960s and is massively expanding round the globe.

Going under the term ‘new social movement(s) it has spread, according to Paul Hawken, to all nations. He suggests that over a million different entities are involved. Hawken suggests that the word ‘movement’ is hardly appropriate.

Some feature:

§  No one is ‘running’ it.

§  There’s nothing to join as a ‘member’.

§  It is self organising.

§  It has a number of themes including:


§  evolving new:


o   social,

o   political,

o   economic, and

o   financial systems


§  using indigenous wisdoms;

§  caring for earth and all life forms, and

§  social justice.

A theme weaving through the phenomena is increasing the quality of social relating. This aspect is being supported through gatherings of many kinds and through informal face-to-face networking aided by the Internet and texting.

Another theme is consciousness raising – refer Realising Human Potential.

This social phenomenon may well be one of the social forces contributing to transitioning to a new epoch on earth.

Aspects of this social phenomenon most functional attuned to unfolding contexts may well survive and thrive.




Evers, T., 1985. Identity: The Hidden Side of New Social Movements in Latin America in Slater, D. (Ed.), 1985. New Social Movements and the State in Latin America. Amsterdam: CEDLA Workshop Papers, p 43-71.;

Ferguson, M., 1980. The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s. Los Angeles: J. P. Tarcher.

Hawken, P., 2012. Blessed Unrest. Internet source sighted Aug, 2014.

Ireland, R., 1998. Globalised São Paulo as Invention and Happening: Lessons on a Train. In Houston C., Kurasawa, F. & Watson, A. (eds.), 1998 Imagined Places: The Politics of Making Space. Melbourne: La Trobe University.

Wikipedia, 2014. New Social Movements.  Enablers, T., 2014. Informal Networks and New Social Movements. Enablers, T., 2014. The Fastest Growing New Social Movement on the Planet. cited under Further Readings. Internet Source sighted Nov 2014:



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