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Social Change Lab

Social Change Lab

Cause area: Multiple cause areas

Social Change Lab is a nonprofit research organisation conducting social movement research to understand how we can most effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

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What problem is Social Change Lab working on?

Social movements such as women’s suffrage and civil rights have had huge impacts on the course of history, and it’s likely that they will do so again in the future. Despite this, there is almost no research trying to understand exactly how these changes happen, and if we can recreate them for other issues.

It seems extremely valuable to look at this in more detail:

  • What are the mechanisms by which they can make a difference?
  • Is it mostly by influencing public opinion, the behaviour of legislators, corporations, or something else?
  • How effective is grassroots pressure relative to other strategies?

What does Social Change Lab do?

Social Change Lab conducts social movement research to understand how we can most effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

It seeks to inform advocates, decision-makers, and philanthropists on the best ways to accelerate positive social change across a range of cause areas, including animal advocacy efforts, climate change, and building the effective altruism movement.

Social Change Lab is also exploring whether social movement concepts could be applied to reducing existential risks.


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