Becoming the Leaders We've Been Looking For: Activism within the Movement of Movements
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Our SIP explores the new global social movement, termed the movement of movements, and the beliefs and practices of activists within this movement. This movement represents a global network of grassroots campaigns and organizations dedicated to creating a more just and sustainable world. In section I, we'll begin with a brief analysis of the main elements of all social movements and the historical roots and current evolution of the "movement of movements." In section II, we'll analyze the motivations and methodologies of individual activists and organizations involved within the movement as well as reflecting on our own beliefs and experiences with activism. We'll explore the role of storytelling from societal to personal levels as an essential component of social movements and social identity. We will explore the role of stories in social movements and within our own lives. We will begin and end our SIP with the story of how we developed our SIP and conclude with the story of how each of us came to view our activism by incorporating what we learned from our research. We'll also explore the role of stories in shaping social movements, particularly the 'movement of movements.' Scholar, William Kittridge, argues that stories shape us on a societal level. "A society capable of naming itself lives within its stories ... but they always eventually fail and have to be reinvented" (Hawken, 15). A society's dominant paradigm is the common story through which the society operates and represents the individuals' understanding of their roles and relationships within that society. When these stories fail and are reivented, the society experiences a paradigm shift. This shift in the society's story is central to the success of social movements. Thus, we'll also explore the strategies employed by activists to tell the stories of the movement and the individuals involved in the process of change.
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