Back home in #EastLondon. As the country ramps up for #Brexit and rallies against police crackdown on protestors, I'm reminded of this beautiful sentiment by @floatingconcrete. What does a meaningful forwards look like? What future(s) can we design together that pushes out agendas built around justice, equity, compassion and community? What does the new social contract look like and what methods and tools do we have to co-create it?
What can we learn from three and a half years since the #BrexitReferendum about how to hold public figures to account for their promises, how to manage change in a way that involves the public in the process - as complex as it is - towards information gathering, designing new policy and decision making, how can we build up critical thinking and immunity against how the media (social and public) shapes public sentiment and frames our sense of reality?
The legacies left by Brexit, by Trump, by Cambridge Analytica, by #MeToo, by the wars that disrupted the world order, by natural disasters and terrorism in schools... has so far been a rise in #xenophobic and #antiimmigrant sentiment, loss of trust, rise in #ecoanxiety, unprecedented market irregularities, mass migration, public disorder, global protests led by children.
People are angry. But we're all also more aware. There's more conversation and initiatives around climate, mental health, refugees, toxic masculinity, corporate conduct, data protection. We're waking up to the illusion of the individual. Social change is interconnected and accumulative. And just like our genetic codes and our mental scripts, our futures can be programmed differently. We can decide differently. I don't want to take my country back, I want to take it forwards.