The story repeats itself, you are in a meeting and one person has a suggestion that another disagrees with completely, they talk to each other, they even try to listen to each other, but at the end there is no agreement. Just another meeting that makes people question why we even meet in the first place.
This capacity to collaborate across differences is simply the key to creating a large and diverse enough social movements that can tackle the complex problems we are all facing today.
Movement ecology is about seeing what is behind those conflicts, what are the actual differences, because listening is not enough, one must see what is behind the words, the strategies that lie underneath.
In our study of hundreds of movements across the last two centuries, we have seen that every great movement had a Movement Ecology framework; we see it in the Movement of Landless Peasants in Brazil to India’s Independence Movement.