Each of us embodies activism and fights for change in our own way. It has become clear in this generation-defining year that to make the changes we need, we will have to use every tool at our disposal.
There’s a false dichotomy between overhauling a system and changing it from within. Meaningful change requires policy-makers, and the activists who critique them. It requires casting ballots, and sometimes taking to the streets. It requires realism, and an appetite for revolution. These tactics complement one another, and are most valuable in concert. They are all necessary. They all offer a path forward at this critical moment. We must focus on how they – and we – can work together.
Genaro Lozano (Mexico) was twice named by Forbes as one of the 10 most influential opinion leaders in Mexico. He writes weekly in the Mexican national newspapers of the Reforma Group, and his essays and opinion pieces have been published around the world, including in Monocle, America Quarterly, La Nación de Argentina, and more. He is professor of political science and international relations, a political scientist for The New School for Social Research, and also an internationalist for the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Roberta Jamieson (Six Nations of the Grand River Territory/Canada) was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As president of Indspire, Roberta has devoted herself to recognizing and nurturing Indigenous excellence, and through that work has awarded more than $132 million to more than 42,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. She has received 27 honorary degrees, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Rob Johnson (U.S.) is president of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He recently served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform, and previously was a managing director at Soros Fund Management, and Bankers Trust Company. Johnson served as chief economist of the United States Senate Banking Committee and senior economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under both Democrats and Republicans. He was an executive producer of the Oscar-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side.
Serpil Midyatli (Germany) is deputy chairwoman for the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Of Turkish descent, she was the first Muslim to be elected to the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament in 2009. Midyatli began her career as a restaurant manager in Kiel, but motivated by her desire to see a more inclusive Germany, joined politics. Midyatli is also spokeswoman at the executive board of the SDP for integration, migration, families, gender equality and daycare centres and will be responsible for the issues of this file in the program commission of the Social Democratic Party for the federal election in 2021. Previously, she served as spokeswoman for the Housing, Integration and Migration parliamentary group.
Ijeoma Oluo (U.S.) is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and “Internet yeller.” Her bestselling book, So You Want to Talk About Race, and her writing in publications around the world has made her one of America’s most sought-after voices on race relations. She was named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential Americans, and she was the recipient of the 2017 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Association.
This event will be broadcast in English with English subtitles, and in English with French subtitles.