In order to drive change, we need to understand change. Our programme “Voices from the Past – Lessons for the Future”, studies key moments of transformation from history, to determine how legacies of collective movements from the past might feed into contemporary or future movements.
Treating change as a generational practice and an exercise in memory, we will look at different protests globally, such as the 1989 peaceful revolution in Germany and the 1956 protest in Hungary. Our goal is to 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 and 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.
We will work closely with activists to provide them with research, insights and advice by collective action experts as well as experienced activists. Further, we will engage with artists, filmmakers, activists, journalists and storytellers to determine how to tell these relevant stories and bring their lessons to life.
Where do we currently stand and how to become involved
Working with eminent sociologists, the THE NEW INSTITUTE has already conducted a number of interviews with activists from different movements, ranging from the anti-nuclear movement, to the democratic movements in the former German Democratic Republic up to Fridays for Future. An archive of interviews that goes well beyond oral history and delves deeply into the sociological dimension of protest will be made available by the middle of 2022. If you are an activist and interested in contributing, please be in touch.
Contact at THE NEW INSTITUTE: Johanna Gratzel, E-Mail: email@example.com