Systemic Activism in a Polarised World
The dogmatic attitude that people we dislike and disagree with are incapable of contributing to the future will only cripple our ability to engage with reality. Instead, can we be open to questioning our long-held beliefs and truly listen to diverse points of view and perspectives about systems change?
Agora for the Great Transition, Paris, 21–23 March 2018
When planning the event, we thought that the current political context required special attention: Our observation was that the world was polarised and that different tribes live increasingly separate from each other, with little knowledge about the motivations and realities of the other tribe. Social media algorithms bring out the worst in humans by activating our ancient tribal circuits. We are operating in ever soundproof ideological echo chambers, where we only listen to opinions that we already hold. We develop and strengthen closed ideologies that become difficult to break though.
The last few months we have been busy organising our annual network gathering, which you can read about in this newsletter. We have also published a discussion paper and have enjoyed reading the results of the online survey on leverage points, a report of which is at your disposal.
Re.imagining Activism – A practical guide for the Great Transition
Based on the research collated and the ideas and experiences generated by the Smart CSOs Lab, our booklet Re.imagining Activism – A practical guide for the Great Transition is a practical tool for activists and social change leaders. It provides guidance and support to activists who want to make a meaningful contribution to this deeper change.
Video: “The Numbers”
In a world ruled by money, everything has a price. Even you. But it hasn’t always been this way, and it won’t be like this forever. The market / a money-oriented world isn’t a law of nature. It was created by humans. And humans can change it.