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ZÓCALO PUBLIC SQUARE

How Do We Begin Again?

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Moderated by Gustavo Arellano, Author and Los Angeles Times Columnist

It feels like it’s time for something new. Facebook and Kanye just changed their names. More than half of Americans want to change jobs, and one-third want to switch careers. Businesses are reinventing the way they operate. And social movements are trying to create new systems that are anti-racist and sustainable. Isn’t all this easier said than done? Even after confronting the challenges of the past year and a half, we are finding that our old ways are more deeply entrenched than we expected.

What do we need—individually and collectively—to start new chapters and rebuild? Which rituals and practices have societies around the world used to successfully start over? And what sort of new beginning does this current moment require of all of us? Artist and co-founder executive director Homeboy Art Academy Fabian Debora, TransLatin@ Coalition president and CEO Bamby Salcedo, and UCLA distinguished professor and department chair of psychology Annette L. Stanton visit Zócalo to explore the best ways to make a fresh start.

Image credit: Illustration by Hännah Foote. From left to right: Bamby Salcedo, Gustavo Arellano, Fabian Debora, and Annette L. Stanton.