The year ahead: being the change in 2019

What’s one simple step we can take in 2019 to help combat inequality? We asked our Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity and the academics and staff of LSE’s International Inequalities Institute for their recommendations.


Join a union.
Aaron Reeves

Identify practical strategies to redress inequality rather than simply point to its deleterious effects.
Mike Savage

Move your bank account to a community bank or credit union that invests in community development. If you’re connected to an institution with significant resources, support divestment campaigns there.
Rana Zincir-Celal

Consume less.
Ebru Ilhan

Listen to understand, not to strengthen your argument or justify your worldview.
Taylor Downs

Human rights is based on the recognition that the things you want for yourself (like keeping safe, warm, fed, and out of danger) are also wanted by every other human being. We need to better understand our common humanity. Kindness to ourselves and others, in this time of division and fear, is a radical act.
Nicola Jane Browne

Daryl Davis said, “When two enemies are talking, they are not fighting”. I would like to believe that if we have more spaces to engage in dialogue with the people and institutions that perpetuate inequality, we have the potential to make our cases heard and accelerate the reduction of disparities. The only challenge we face is trying to convince “them” to sit at the same table with us.
Craig Dube

Be fairer to everyone you meet, and if you are in a decision-making role, don’t pre-judge people you are meant to make decisions about. Give everyone an equal opportunity to thrive; this way we all take one step forward.
Fredrick Ouko Alucheli

Before rushing to a conclusion, ask WHY. Preferably five times.
Anjali Sarker

Adopt an inclusive stance to fighting inequality. I was reading something the other day about inequality that pointed out that too many voices for change are not inclusive, often reflecting a West-led, white, male-gendered approach. It struck me that we do a lot of research and devote a lot of time to talking, but we spend far less time reflecting on the realities and needs of societies that are in need of change (by this I mean the global South). I think the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science course needs to be sensitive to this, and include (or make space for) voices, ideas and input from specific marginalised local contexts.
Louis Oyara

Try to cut down on meat consumption and fast-fashion purchases.
Sofia Muñoz Gonzalez

Donate to the campaigns of people running for office who are committed to fighting inequalities.
Pedro Telles

Two things: support political parties who pursue more equality, and support the work of our amazing Atlantic Fellows!
Katharina Hecht

Stop gendering the children we meet. Stop telling little girls they’re pretty and little boys that they shouldn’t cry. Etc.
Rose Longhurst

Here in the UK, give to food banks, who are offering vital support at a time when the welfare safety net has massive holes in it; join a campaign (End Hunger UK for example) and tell your MP; and tell your friends, and tell them why. 
Mark Fransham

Keep on fighting inequality, and don’t give in to the temptation to abandon the struggle for the comfort of money in the private sector.
Patricio Espinoza Lucero

Be kind.
Beverley Skeggs


Our AFSEE and III contributors to this section of The Year Ahead:

Nicola Jane Browne, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @nicolajbrowne

Taylor Downs, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @taylordowns2000

Craig Dube, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @kwaDube365

Patricio Espinoza Lucero, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @changespatricio

Dr Mark Fransham, research officer, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @markfransham

Dr Katharina Hecht, research officer, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @katharina_hecht

Dr Ebru Ilhan, programme manager, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, London School of Economics and Social Policy @ebruilhn

Rose Longhurst, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity, @roselonghurst

Sofia Muñoz Gonzalez, graduate intern, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @SofiaMunozGon

Fredrick Ouko Alucheli, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @FredrickOuko1

Louis Oyaro, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @Yaro_Lo

Dr Aaron Reeves, associate professorial research fellow in poverty and inequality, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy, and associate professor in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford @aaronsreeves

Anjali Sarker, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @anjalisarker

Professor Mike Savage, director of the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @MikeSav47032563

Professor Beverley Skeggs, academic director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @bevskeggs

Pedro Telles, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @pedrotelles

Rana Zincir-Celal, deputy director, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @ranacelal