The difference between activism and opinion

Has activism become the accepted norm? What role has social media played in this? Should we have always practised activism but, instead, been blindly accepting when we should have been challenging? Does the forceful response of the few to someone’s views potentially lead to a cancel culture?

It’s important that, when we think about the world of communication in business and the polarisation of society, we talk about how aggressive conversations can feel. We often discuss alignment when working with leaders and different teams: the worry is that this is becoming increasingly difficult.

To illustrate, we cite recent controversial topics. We also look at the rise in slacktivism: Defined by the United Nations as when people “support a cause by performing simple measures” but “are not truly engaged or devoted to making a change”.

Resources:

Podcast S4 E8: How thinking Differently can create belonging https://calmedgedrebels.com/how-thinking-differently-can-create-belonging/

Blog:  Seek a second opinion https://calmedgedrebels.com/seek-a-second-opinion/

Slacktivism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slacktivism

Podcast S4 E11: Living and sticking to your values https://calmedgedrebels.com/living-and-sticking-to-your-values/

Matthew Syed article The Times: In a land with 14 tribes named in its anthem, we were played like a violin https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/in-a-land-with-14-tribes-named-in-its-anthem-we-were-played-like-a-violin-z9zqz3n0s

Unleash your inner rebel conference https://www.innerrebelconference.com/

Poles Apart by Laura Osborne, Alison Goldsworthy and Alexandra Chesterfield:   https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1119814/poles-apart/9781847942975.html

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