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date: 18 November 2017

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There are moments in history where there are major breakthroughs in the power of social movements. Large numbers of people recognize the depth of injustice, see possibilities of beauty and integrity heretofore unknown, and find new forms of coming together to bring about change. We are living in such a moment. In this chapter I explore the work of historians, social scientists, economists, and political activists who are helping us understand how to be creative, constructive, and effective agents of social justice. At the core of this effective work for social justice is the embrace of a fallibility based world view and an ethic of risk. This embrace constitutes the emergence of a new honor code in which the measure of our success is not the perfection of our efforts but our honesty, humility, accountably, resilience, and audacity in the face of unintended consequences and ongoing challenges.

Keywords: fallibility, honor codes, risk, social movements, social activists

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