Institutions are the means for creating and sustaining the common good. Institutions are the aggregate organizations such as government, commercial firms, faith communities, social structures, and communities. Institutions are also the customs, laws, practices, that are accepted as guidelines or paradigms that impact the common good. Thus, institutions are the rules that govern behavior and promote or constrain the common good. Socio-economic circumstances determine the degree to which you ensure the integrity of the common good.
Change is an evolutionary process of growth or decline of human-centric activity. After all, the reason for these social interactions is human relationships. Relationships are the cause of growth or strife. When institutions official or unofficial get out of sync with the reality of change, this causes conflict. It is imperative that you understand the purpose of an institution whether it is a government or traditions. When the changing environment threatens the purpose, it is essential that you step back and get a new perspective. Continuing to behave because it is how we do things, is not only irrational but harmful to the common good.
In complex societies, institutional leadership is necessary. Leaders exist because their constituents give them power. Their power exists because we allow it. The integrity of the common good, involves all people within a specific domain. When institutions via their leadership are out of sync with reality, the common good is in danger. You have the power, to hold leaders responsible for the viability of the common good. You do this by voting or boycotting a specific institution. Even better, you do this by becoming actively involved in being a change agent.