Our word of the year: change


“There are decades when nothing happens,
then there are weeks when decades happen…”

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“We’ve had 10 years worth of change in 10 months” according to Rajeev Mistra, CEO of Softbank Mission Fund. This year, we have chosen CHANGE as our word of the year.

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended most of our long held beliefs and assumptions. Massive changes have already happened. What will come next?

The Spanish Flu and the Great War were followed by the roaring twenties – a period of great creativity and hedonism. And then the Great Depression.

The Second World War left a bankrupt Britain and a devastated Continent. It was followed by a period of industrial and consumerist development that spawned a prosperous middle class.

The 60s and 70s – periods of economic stagnation accompanied by a revolution in social mores, were followed by a period of increased prosperity, albeit highly unbalanced due to financialisation.

The Great Financial Crash of 2008 was, in the end, followed by not much systemic change at all.

Looking forward to this century’s 20s, one thing is clear: trying to predict the direction of future change is a mug’s game. Nobody knows.

At RADIX, we take a different approach. Rather than predicting, we would like to ask you, our community: What type of change would you like to see going forward?

We invite you to be an active part of our community. Share your ideas with us. Let us be your platform to help you drive the sort of change you would like to see.

The conditions for change are in place. And we all know that we need it. The only question is which forces will drive that change and in what direction.

Let us support you in creating the change you want to see.

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Radix is the radical centre think tank. We welcome all contributions which promote system change, challenge established notions and re-imagine our societies. The views expressed here are those of the individual contributor and not necessarily shared by Radix.


  1. Corrado Poli says

    Good point Joe! Change, change and change again. Approaching 2021, we wonder: What future do we expect when Covid will be over? According to our character and mood we may predict a thriving, a catastrophic or an immutable future. This is a mug’s play. We better try to imagine the future we really want and strive to shape it. Because pandemic, there are several conditions that make change viable. Future doesn’t just happen, even less we can futilely predict it: future depends on us, on what we want it to be: the future is us. Now more than ever we need to put the cat amongst the pigeons and change our sluggish western society

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