Current efforts to address social and environmental challenges rarely appear adequate considering the scale of the problems that we face. In order to cultivate the widespread public demand required to successfully and durably tackle issues such as climate change and inequality, we need to engage the long-held (but often overlooked) cultural values that underpin our concern for one another and the wider world.
At Common Cause, we support a growing, global community of people and organisations who are working to strengthen and uphold intrinsic values, such as social justice, freedom and unity with nature. We do this by enabling deeper values literacy: conducting research, developing resources and running learning programmes for cultural influencers across a broad range of sectors. We also collaborate directly with partners, helping them to bring intrinsic values to life in their work, and sharing what we learn from these collaborations.
Some of our projects are summarised below, and we love hearing from prospective partners, so do get in touch if you have an idea for potential collaboration that you would like to explore with us. Together we can co-create cultures with community, environment and equity at their heart.
Our work begins by advocating for the importance of human values in creating durable change. We support people to examine their own personal values, as well as the values that they find championed within their work and the wider culture around them. Through exploration of the research, and opportunities to come together with others to question and reflect, we build greater values literacy amongst cultural influencers and encourage a deeper commitment to strengthening intrinsic values in our collective work.
We know that simply being aware of values research is not enough to put this thinking into action. As well as offering workshops, learning programmes and resources to help build greater knowledge of values, we also support the practical application of values-thinking in real life projects. We do this by partnering with organisations across the UK and Europe, including NGOs and arts and culture organisations, to develop and test ways to further champion and strengthen intrinsic values.
To bring about social and environmental change at the scale required we need to work together. Beyond our own initiatives, we support others who are committed to strengthening intrinsic values within our culture to come together in common cause. Through our resources and network events we also equip people with the language and confidence to advocate a values-led approach to others in their field.
Many causes are intricately connected through the values upon which they draw. We support people from a broad range of issue areas and cultural roles, to connect to one another, discover their shared values and work together to strengthen them across society. We know that we must advocate for our shared, intrinsic values in order to help build a new culture that champions equality and justice rather than ambition or financial success. With this in mind, we aim to support our network – those connected to Common Cause and interested in putting values-thinking into action – by arranging opportunities for people to share and learn from one another, tackle challenges and find inspiration from each other’s work.
These are informal, online opportunities for people who have attended a Common Cause workshop or training event to come together, share updates about how they are applying values-thinking to their work and troubleshoot any challenges with others in a friendly environment. These monthly meetings have a specific theme either selected by the Common Cause team or suggested by members of the network. To find out about upcoming Meet Ups be sure to sign up to our newsletter.
We have a dedicated slack channel for those who are interested in values to explore questions and share examples of engaging values-led content.
To join the Slack channel, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every month we send a newsletter that includes links to the latest thinking on values. We also try to share news relating to values from within our network. If you are working on a particular values-led project, do let us know and we’d love to share what you’ve been up to. Subscribe to the newsletter here.
Donations from supporters help us to develop new projects and keep our resources free for anyone to use. One-off donations are crucially important, and regular donations help us plan for the future even more.
We are a small team and make the most of the resources we have. Help us expand the insight and impact of working with values, to create the ambitious and durable responses needed for the challenges our world and societies face.