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Be Aware To Change

“We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”

Section: 1, Chapter: 10

Book: Lean In

Author: Sheryl Sandberg

Mindset And Social Issues

A growth mindset can be a powerful force for social change:

  • Many societal inequities stem from the fixed mindset belief that certain groups have innately lower abilities. A growth mindset reveals the role of systemic barriers and unequal opportunities.
  • The fixed mindset creates a culture of judgment and blame toward disadvantaged groups. The growth mindset emphasizes potential and focuses on creating supportive environments.
  • Students from marginalized backgrounds often internalize societal fixed mindset messages, believing they are inferior. Teaching them a growth mindset can unleash their confidence and drive to succeed.
  • Growth mindset interventions have been shown to close achievement gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups. Fostering a growth mindset on a societal level could reduce prejudice, increase social mobility, and create a more equitable world.

Section: 1, Chapter: 8

Book: Mindset

Author: Carol Dweck

Speaking Up About Gender Fuels Progress

To make progress toward equality, we need to start speaking up about gender issues, even when it's uncomfortable. Point out when women are being marginalized or held to different standards. Ask managers what they're doing to advance women and hold them accountable. Share stories of bias from your own experience. Simply stating the facts can be a powerful catalyst. The more we discuss these dynamics openly, the more we can change them. Staying silent only preserves the status quo.

Section: 1, Chapter: 10

Book: Lean In

Author: Sheryl Sandberg

Teresa Prekerowa's Courageous Example in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Lesson 8: Stand out: Resist the pressure to conform and be willing to take a stand for your principles.

As a young woman in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, Teresa Prekerowa faced a harrowing situation - her family lost everything, her father was arrested, her uncle killed, and her city lay in ruins. While many focused solely on self-preservation, Teresa thought of others. She took great risks to smuggle food and medicine to Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, and later helped a Jewish family escape. Teresa quietly defied the Nazis by upholding human decency. Her individual actions may seem small, but they took tremendous courage. Even under the pressure of conformity and terror, Teresa stood out. We must aspire to such moral strength.

Section: 1, Chapter: 8



This Changes Everything: Strategies For The Climate Fight

The climate movement can learn valuable lessons from the Blockadia struggles:

  • Highlight the local, human impacts of fossil fuel extraction to mobilize communities
  • Don't just say "no" to projects, but propose sustainable economic alternatives
  • Emphasize love of place, family, culture and the desire for self-determination
  • Build coalitions across unlikely allies, from Indigenous groups to ranchers to labor
  • Use every tactic available, from lawsuits to civil disobedience to electoral politics
  • Directly challenge corporate power rather than relying on ineffective market schemes
  • Connect local fights to the global struggle to avert catastrophic climate change

Building a broad-based movement willing to take bold action to shut down fossil fuels and demand a just transition is the only way to match the scale and urgency of the crisis.

Section: 3, Chapter: 9

Book: This Changes Everything

Author: Naomi Klein

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