“Humanity is submerged in layers of individual, intergenerational, and collective trauma, but we generally don’t recognize it. This prevents us from addressing the roots of collective challenges we face and keeps us from taking steps toward healing that can transform the systems around us.” A quick but thorough briefing in the types and role of trauma, emphasising its primary role in systems, and asking those of us working on social change to recognise that “only by centering healing practices in the sector’s ways of working can we create the inner spaciousness and external conditions for system transformation to occur.”
Cultivating the Conditions: Philanthropy’s Role in Fortifying the Infrastructure for Narrative Power
“Social justice movements around the globe are expending enormous effort to make advances toward our goal of a more just future—but they are doing so on an unequal playing field while facing jeers from the bleachers, enduring flare-ups of old injuries, and being outmanoeuvred by opponents that are not just better-resourced and highly practiced, but also designed the game… By working together, we can manifest a world where philanthropy’s investments allow for the creation of not just one but many All-Star teams that operate in a distributed yet deeply connected way, one where the seasoned players guide and mentor the rookies and where coaches are co-designing new plays that can secure irreversible victories.”
When Transitional Justice Met Narrative Change Theory
Exploring the potential for coordination between Transitional Justice and Narrative Change efforts, with reference to ‘MemoryWork’ as an opportunity to hold it: ”complementing the need to mourn and create new cemeterial forms for healing…seeking to shift societal narratives about ‘who we are’ and ‘who we want to be’.” Includes reference to various case studies and guidance.
How Do Reparations and Atonement address Planet Repair?
“This article was compiled from questions asked by Green Party Members on Green Spaces in response to the proposal to establish an All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth and Reparatory Justice to commit the UK government to atone and make reparations to the descendants of enslaved African people, in accordance with international human rights law.” See here for more on Planet Repairs.
The (Identity) Politics of Reparations
Identity politics has been given a bad rap, with many fearing that it fosters ever narrower emphasis on difference over collaboration. But “activists, particularly those who engage in conversations with everyday people in their communities, see the use of identity, particularly liberatory identities, as a unifying force as long as it seeks to explore the depth and principles of the identity” and are formulating strategies to prioritise identity-formation. They argue that “the weaponization of social justice identity politics is purely a tactic that is being used to deconstruct cultural innovation rooted in BIPOC communities” by a pro-authoritarian movement whose own “strategy is entirely about identity formation”.
Three posts: ‘Militarism: The closed fist of imperialism’, ‘The socio-ecological toll of militarism’, and ‘Against green militarism’, explore the relationship between war, justice and climate. “Militarism is the primary means by which economic and political sovereignty is denied to states and peoples across the world. It is incompatible with global eco-socialism and planetary liberation”.
Love Rebuilds Gaza
“This series of speculative fiction invites us to envision and craft the world we dream about. It champions the transformative power of active and radical imagination in creation, it encourages us to lay the foundations for a future that we want our children to have – a future shaped by love, strength in community, empowering narratives and the dissolution of systemic oppression through a collective realisation that it no longe has a place in our world”.
Who Is Afraid of Degrowth?
A deep dive through the medium of a graphic novel “that invites you to explore and join this crucial debate about economics, ecology, democracy, human rights, technology, and our future.” An effort to make the debate about degrowth and economics “accessible to climate activists, teachers, students, workers, parents, and anyone else who isn’t a classical economist but wants to help stop climate collapse. The comic contains quotes from a wide range of experts, woven into an engaging narrative that will guide you through this complex topic.”
How to Fund Narrative Change Ecosystems
Reflections on the Global Narrative Hive gathering last year, with practical suggestions for funders and practitioners. “Narrative change is a fundamentally collective endeavor… In addition to making long-term, unrestricted grants funders need to provide resources in a way that centers the ecosystem rather than individual organizations.” With a clear warning to avoid “unwittingly replicating colonial inheritances, by popularizing (our) own perspectives and practices as the aspirational standard, claiming undue influence as gatekeepers and knowledge bearers,” instead emphasising “collective care” and “cultivating intergenerational solidarity”.
Unmasking inequity: A closer look at the social impact sector’s wilful ignorance about Palestine
“It’s time to speak out against oppression, cultural suppression, media bias, and false rhetoric wherever we encounter it. Solidarity statements and pledges to anti-racist practices mean little if they remain theoretical and are not backed by real-time action… Let’s elevate our sector’s response beyond mere calls for peace and understanding; while well-intentioned, for these calls to be effective, they must be bolstered by an anti-colonial power analysis. It’s time for intentional dialogue within our organizations, creating safe spaces for employees to discuss Palestine freely without fear of repercussion.” “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”
Reframing Narratives Around Care and Informal Work in Kenya, the UK and Zimbabwe: A synthesis of national research
Research intending to “identify the dominant narratives that influence public perceptions of care and informal work,” which “enabled the researchers to develop and test new narratives that could be used to improve public attitudes towards care and informal work.” In the UK we are encouraged to “Lead with the idea that caring is a collective activity that holds society together and contributes significantly to the wellbeing of the nations. This can shift people’s perceptions of care.”
100 Days of Building Power and Solidarity
“Observations and Recommendations about Immediate and Long-Term Infrastructure Needs for Palestinian, Muslim, and Arab Groups in the U.S.” Lots to learn from this report on how Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and Solidarity groups in the US are responding to the current crisis, with recommendations for both immediate and long-term community building and solidarity. Also see this visualisation that accompanies it.