In order to drive change, we need to understand change. This is why we created the programme “Voices from the Past – Lessons for the Future”, analyzing historic key-moments of transformation processes in Europe and beyond. The programme seeks to determine how legacies of collective movements of the past feed into contemporary or future movements. In extended filmed conversations with witnesses of past movements, the aim is to reflect on “lessons learned”. This allows for an exploration of conditions for successful transformative action.
Initially, this initiative will look at different protests globally, e.g., 1989 peaceful revolution in Germany or the 1956 protest in Hungary, as well as environmental movements as a transformative attempt cutting across a wider time span. Treating change as a generational practice as well as an exercise in memory, it will unveil the pattern of transformative actions, from the initiation of the Club of Rome at the end of the 1960s and their much-quoted publication “Limits to Growth” (1972) to more recent movements such as Fridays for Future.
THE NEW INSTITUTE will preserve important testimonies, intellectual insights and give voice to those involved in past protests that have not yet been sufficiently heard. The result will be a comprehensive collection of testimonies, the beginning of a global archive of change. The insights gained will have the potential to immensely support THE NEW INSTITUTE in drafting a viable agenda for action and change and, thus, in shaping the future responsibly.