In this short article published on, Donatella della Porta, professor of sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy) and IPSP Coordinating Lead Author, explains how the role of civil society and social movements seems to her as most relevant in these times of emergency and uncertainty. Faced with the glaring need for radical and complex transformation, social movements act differently from protests.

The article is available in English, Portuguese, Italian (on and Spanish.