Social justice movements took a center stage in 2020, centering around systemic weaknesses and inequities in our societies that COVID both laid bare and exacerbated. They called for decommissioning outdated world views that might have seemed relevant at one point in time but are not longer useful – views that perpetuate inequalities and drive (ethnic, gender, racial) discrimination across and within societies.
Social movements showed remarkable resilience as a political strategy in the year where the world faced the greatest public health crises in over a century with pervasive lockdowns and other restrictive measures it triggered. Carnegie’s Global Protest Tracker shows that last year featured one protest every four days globally.
What can we learn from social movements about questioning legacy lock ins and inherent patterns of the past that prevent us from thinking and acting differently, and seeing new possibilities?