The first three weeks of the new decade have been rather strange. The devastating fires in Australia highlight that the climate crisis is getting more urgent: the rapid spread of Coronavirus in China limits global movement, and the UK isolates itself this week as we officially leave the EU. It is not surprising that people around the world are feeling pessimistic, and even fatalistic. Particularly young people.
Much of our work this year will revolve around the theme of power - whether it’s our Year of Power programme with philanthropic foundations, the role of citizens in innovation processes, or societies in Transitions. Young people will be a key feature - not just building capabilities, but creating new connections globally to help drive change.
We will be encouraging pausing and reflecting in all our work this year. For me, social innovation and optimism are linked, but that optimism is far from the predominant narrative in most places in the world. We must support people to imagine a better future, not just an apocalyptic one (which seems easier given the state of the world right now). Stopping, reflecting on how we got to where we are, and going back to our human values and connections is what will drive SIX this year. This is an open invitation to work with us on this in the next 12 months.