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Richard Hawkins

About Richard Hawkins

Richard is Director of the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC), and has led PIRC’s work on Common Cause over the past 3 years. He’s facilitating over 80 workshops across the Third Sector and civil society in the UK and Europe. He is a core team member of Smart CSOs, a co-founder of Campaign Lab and a fellow of the RSA.

Genis Carreras: Visualising Values

We’ve recently been working with Genis Carreras – the talented graphic designer behind Philographics - to visualise the Schwartz values inventory and we need your help! But first, here are some example values…

Common Threads, March 2014

Economics and greed - a round-up of research illustrating how the study of economics can push people towards selfishness and distrust of others. The Big Picture at Friends of the Earth - A campaign that takes over large screens at Waterloo station…

Common Threads, February 2014

NGO sitcom! - Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world. Worth a watch: “In Episode 2, their task is to come up with an acronym before figuring out what the grant’s about”. Climate change and equity: whose language is it…

Common Threads – January 2014

Interesting things we’ve been reading, watching or listening to this month: Empathy vs. sympathy - connection vs. disconnection. Empathy is “I know what it’s like down here and you’re not alone.” Sympathy is “Ooh. It’s bad, uh huh. Do you want…

Common Threads – November 2013

Rusty (and Golden) Radiator Awards - Best and worst practice in development campaigning – from ‘too poor for words’ (unbelievable) through to the empowering and creative. The adverts we deserve? - A great piece on the all-consuming power of marketing. “Satire has…

Smart CSOs – Searching for new cultural stories in civil society

In October the Smart CSOs Lab hosted a conference in Germany attended by over 80 activists and researchers from 14 different countries. This video was produced at the conference and shows voices of activists from different parts of the world and different sectors…

Common Threads – October 2013

Agnes Nairn on Consumer Kids at TedX Ghent – pretty depressing topic, but well delivered and full of shockers like: ‘Kids can spontaneously recall 200 different brands before they get to school.’ Worth a watch. Bet4Balls.com - claimed to be the UK’s…

Common Threads – September 2013

So true - the status-quo is not values-neutral. ‘Anti-nudgers bemoan what they see as the nanny state; they think government should stay neutral on things such as diet and exercise. The problem is that staying neutral is trickier than it sounds. All…

Common Threads – July 2013

The Charity-Industrial Complex - A great critique of how philanthropy maintains structures of inequality: “The rich sleep better at night, while others get just enough to keep the pot from boiling over…. Is progress really Wi-Fi on every street corner? No.…

Common Threads – June 2013

Tom’s TEDx talk - Tom Crompton. At TEDx. Awesome. Reclaiming public spaces - Interesting article on the lack of public space in the UK, and how increasingly all space is viewed as a market opportunity. Framing poverty - Good blog post discussing the…

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