“I can’t breathe” George Floyd, American citizen, May 25th, 2020
We are haunted by these three words spoken by George Floyd as he was slowly choked to death by a policeman, face down on the street in Minneapolis, USA. Words which would finally ignite a global protest movement too widespread to be ignored. How did we allow our societies to reach this horrific moment in history and why did it take us so much time and so many lives lost or ruined to realize we were here? At 5 we are searching ourselves, our histories, beliefs and shared narratives to discover how we have continued to foster the racism and blatant abuse of power which have led to such suffering and death.
Now is the time for all of us – individually and as leaders of families, communities, companies and countries – to thoughtfully examine how we have arrived at this point in history and what we can do to be a part of changing its course. While one can never truly ‘walk in the skin of another”, we can and must challenge ourselves to do better, be better and to demand change. If one of us “can’t breathe”, none of us can.
Our focus is on how each of us can walk the long road to freedom that will eventually bring us together. Here is a selection of stories to inform and inspire!
Interview with a civil rights legend
He has spent over 50 years fighting racist violence, risking his life to stand up for his rights. Inspired by Martin Luther King’s final words to him, Bernard Lafayette is still going strong.Read more
Tackling bias in tech
As artificial intelligence is rapidly claiming its space in our lives, now is the moment to take a serious look at who these systems are learning from. Bias in is bias out, says Jack Gardner.Read more
“Without exception, people’s real desire is to be heard”
What we’re seeing on the global stage is the toxic effect of the “us” versus “them” thinking that characterises polarisation. Which forces are at work and how to move forward? 5 talks to international expert in the field Bart Brandsma to find out.Read more
It’s about time
For too long the focus has been on a mainstream monoculture. The need for change is clear. Get inspired here, with our showcase of more diverse narratives, from books to art to film.Read more
Dolls of all colours
There is a special shop in Amsterdam that attracts many visitors, even though it is not centrally situated. You have to take a ferry to get there, but people who make the effort almost always find it worth the journey.Read more