7 recent fuck ups of humankind

This is the year! The year we become a 7 year-old movement! (woah, that’s almost a decade!) It’s been an interesting journey listening to  fuckups, with a supportive global community of more than 300 cities, in more than 80 countries. Most of all, it’s been a path paved with vibrant and diverse stories of failure from all over the globe.

And speaking of fuckups… many of them can happen in 7 years. Many big, and very memorable ones. And as a way to celebrate and reinforce the reasons why we’ve been fighting the stigma around failure, we’ve created a list of 7 recent fuckups of humankind that amazed us, inspired us, or concerned us about  humanity:

What a year 2012 was! It was the year of the Greek government-debt crisis -an economic fuckup that finally exploded 4 years later, the year the Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement on a second, €130-billion Greek bailout [1] that may or may have not worked…

2012 was also the year Fuckup Nights was born, yay!

In 2013, we witnessed a massive leak of highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) by Edward Snowden (a CIA employee). Definitely a Fuckup for the NSA, but a win for transparency and for thousands of happy internet conspiracists. Now that’s what we call Fucking up the system!

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And if you’d hear about how else you can fuck up the system, you can find them in our Fuckup Book, which you can download for free here. 😀

In 2013, we witnessed a massive leak of highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) by Edward Snowden (a CIA employee). Definitely a Fuckup for the NSA, but a win for transparency and for thousands of happy internet conspiracists. Now that’s what we call Fucking up the system!

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And if you’d hear about how else you can fuck up the system, you can find them in our Fuckup Book, which you can download for free here. 😀

2014 was viral… almost literally. In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge ruled the internet. Starting as an awareness campaign of neurodegenerative disorders, the challenge exploded on the internet, more and more users from the internet tried this challenge (the majority of them, ignoring the original purpose of the challenge) giving us a pile of recorded fails and (dangerous) attempts. 

And as this viral challenge was spreading through the internet, the Ebola virus was starting to raise as a real threat in Africa. 2014 was the year the virus started to appear in Guinea, a  few months later in some other places of Africa, the rest of the world and finally to our history books, as the largest Ebola epidemic in history.

That year, the Fuckup Knowledge (formerly The Failure Institute) was born with the mission of helping decision-makers make better-informed decisions on businesses, academia, and public policies.

2014 was viral… almost literally. In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge ruled the internet. Starting as an awareness campaign of neurodegenerative disorders, the challenge exploded on the internet, more and more users from the internet tried this challenge (the majority of them, ignoring the original purpose of the challenge) giving us a pile of recorded fails and (dangerous) attempts. 

And as this viral challenge was spreading through the internet, the Ebola virus was starting to raise as a real threat in Africa. 2014 was the year the virus started to appear in Guinea, a  few months later in some other places of Africa, the rest of the world and finally to our history books, as the largest Ebola epidemic in history.

That year, the Fuckup Knowledge (formerly The Failure Institute) was born with the mission of helping decision-makers make better-informed decisions on businesses, academia, and public policies.

In 2015, the biggest meme generator on the internet emerged: Donald Trump. It was the year when the Republican announced his postulation for the USA elections in 2016. Everything was memes and jokes until shit got real. One year later, after a surprising and heart-pounding election, we got an obnoxious and stupid neighbor to the north.

The real fuckup has been the increasingly xenophobic and racist speeches we’ve been listening to since then, and the alarming amount of supporters have appeared apparently from nowhere. Teaching us that orange is not the new black.

In 2015, the biggest meme generator on the internet emerged: Donald Trump. It was the year when the Republican announced his postulation for the USA elections in 2016. Everything was memes and jokes until shit got real. One year later, after a surprising and heart-pounding election, we got an obnoxious and stupid neighbor to the north.

The real fuckup has been the increasingly xenophobic and racist speeches we’ve been listening to since then, and the alarming amount of supporters have appeared apparently from nowhere. Teaching us that orange is not the new black.

One word for 2016: BREXIT. 

With a difference of 3.8% of the UK’s voting population, Brexit, an agreement for the UK to leave the European Union, was approved.

The whole world was gagging, it was the biggest plot twist in the history of Britain. A Fuckup for the borders of the world, whether it’s made of bricks or laws and agreements, society seems to have a tendency to build walls.

In 2017, after an accusation of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein by the New York Times, nearly 80 additional accusations were made against the producer.

A new movement arose, and #MeToo spread around the world, encouraging and fostering the emergence of many other movements, like the #NiUnaMenos movement ( “Not one [woman] less”), which emerged in Argentina and is rapidly spreading to the whole of Latin America – fighting gender-based violence and machismo.

Movements that gave a voice to thousands of victims of sexual harassment and abuse on diverse industries, breaking paradigms and changing the rules.

In 2017, after an accusation of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein by the New York Times, nearly 80 additional accusations were made against the producer.

A new movement arose, and #MeToo spread around the world, encouraging and fostering the emergence of many other movements, like the #NiUnaMenos movement ( “Not one [woman] less”), which emerged in Argentina and is rapidly spreading to the whole of Latin America – fighting gender-based violence and machismo.

Movements that gave a voice to thousands of victims of sexual harassment and abuse on diverse industries, breaking paradigms and changing the rules.

In March 2018, The New York Times (again lol) reported that the firm Global Science Research had harvested data from Facebook users without consent. Once again, internet conspiracists were living their dreams, while Facebook users around the world expressed their outrage by trying to leave the platform. Memes about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, behaving like an emotionless robot or a reptilian on his trial at the Washington Congress exploded on the internet and, oh the irony… on Facebook.

And here we are, in 2019. What? That’s not enough fuck ups?

Well,  imagine all the above, but on fire. That’s right, 2019 was the year of alarm bells on climate crisis affairs.

A year after the UN published a hopeless report about the imminent climate catastrophe for the next 20 years, we’ve only seen more recurrent heat waves on places we’ve never seen before and massive forest fires.

Like the one that lasted entire weeks destroying the Amazon. Yup, there goes our oxygen. The fuckup? The southern version of Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, doing basically nothing and accusing imaginary sabotages against his government.

So there you have it… The future may seem hot and dark, but we’ll be fine… hopefully? But how? By having these difficult conversations,  and asking “why?” and “what if?” more frequently.

We’re turning 7, and we’re still growing. But we make sure every day that we’re creating spaces, and starting conversations to break paradigms, all in the hopes of making this world a little less fucked up.

And here we are, in 2019. What? That’s not enough fuck ups?

Well,  imagine all the above, but on fire. That’s right, 2019 was the year of alarm bells on climate crisis affairs.

A year after the UN published a hopeless report about the imminent climate catastrophe for the next 20 years, we’ve only seen more recurrent heat waves on places we’ve never seen before and massive forest fires.

Like the one that lasted entire weeks destroying the Amazon. Yup, there goes our oxygen. The fuckup? The southern version of Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, doing basically nothing and accusing imaginary sabotages against his government.

So there you have it… The future may seem hot and dark, but we’ll be fine… hopefully? But how? By having these difficult conversations,  and asking “why?” and “what if?” more frequently.

We’re turning 7, and we’re still growing. But we make sure every day that we’re creating spaces, and starting conversations to break paradigms, all in the hopes of making this world a little less fucked up.