Change is rarely easy. A stressor for most everybody, altering routines generally upsets one's equilibrium. It's natural to maintain your set point, even if it's also normal for change to occur in spite of what seems natural. So, resistance seems kind of instinctive - and eventually exhausting, too. Be that as it may, change is inevitable. Given this, why not direct the change as you'd like rather than futilely attempt to preserve the status quo? Stay put and eventually you fall behind. If you don't believe me, refer to Darwin.
A community/village is really no different. Changing the culture in a community can seem like a Herculean task. And it is if you first fixate on the "problems" at hand. Looking initially for what's wrong in an effort to "fix" it typically generates negative emotions, and these kinds of feelings tend to narrow our focus. Instead of examining issues with a broad lens, the defensiveness caused by the negativity makes us blind to solutions.
To effect change that matters - that makes a difference - it makes sense to search for examples of behavior already in action that you hope to realize. In other words, look to what individuals and groups are doing "right" now. Reinforce the right by explicitly acknowledging this and gain allies in the process. First find what's working rather than what's not working. When you've exhausted looking to the right, then you can turn to see what's left to address.
Engineering change is really about engineering hope. Hope is absolutely vital to any change effort. Hope is also a positively-charged feeling. Trying to generate change with analytical arguments is kind of like throwing a life preserver to someone who's caught in a fire - the solution doesn't match the problem. Instead, change needs to reach the heart of the issue. Individuals have to connect emotionally to it. Once this happens, belief turns into action. And guess what? The growth mindset begins to take shape.
There are some who subscribe to the belief that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Of course, there are others who force change by believing that "if it ain't broke, break it." Both beliefs can work in the right circumstances. Both can also make little sense in other situations. In fact, it's why you should first look to what's right and preserve it (don't break it). It's the ineffective, stale customs and behaviors we cling to out of fear of the unknown that we eventually need to break.
We tend to mimic the behavior of those around us. If we can increase the number of people who are emulating the change we hope for, then the critical mass of a community begins to change with it. Just know this - real and lasting change usually feels like three steps forward and two steps backward. Struggle is as inevitable as is change. With the growth mindset fueling their efforts, people will persevere as long as they believe that stumbling along the way is learning along the way and not failing. It needs to be worth the effort.
The next time you wonder about change, think about the words of C. S. Lewis as a reminder of the inevitable nature of change:
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."
So, it's your choice - choose to crack through your shell and spread your wings or eventually become a rotten egg. It's all in what you choose to flap.