In moments of crisis, when the system around us stops working, cracks in our understanding appear—we come unmoored, unable to explain how the world works and indeed what our place in it is. But these gaps don’t stay empty for long. Fear, dividing and turning us against each other, rushes in to fill the cracks—unless we can fill them with hope first.

Hope is what makes it possible to just say more than “no” in times of crisis. Don’t get me wrong, saying “no”—to the rise of oligarchs and authoritarians around the globe, to the cages at the borders, to a rapidly accelerating climate crisis—is a moral imperative. But hope—credible hope, grounded in vision and strategy—is what turns reactive movements into transformative ones. We need to ...

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