International Common Cause
Angela Rutter is an environmentalist and consultant working in social change. She has co-founded Common Cause Australia, with Adam Majcher and Mark Chenery, a growing network of people working to engage cultural values that create a more equitable, sustainable and democratic society. Come and be part of it too.
Maria Miguel Ribeiro, who works at BOKU University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, organised a large Common Cause workshop in November 2011. She is now convening a wider conversation in Austria.
If you would like to be involved in this discussion, please get in touch with her at [email protected].
Gisela Moreau has facilitated the translation of Common Cause into Portuguese, and has been convening discussion on this material at her team’s cultural & political headquarters www.cineclubesocioambiental.org.br in São Paulo, Brazil. You can download the report below.
Note that researchers who are working on cultural values have developed a set of specific survey items (for example, ‘wealth’ or ‘humble’) and have translated and tested these in many languages, including Portuguese. The current Portuguese translation of Common Cause does not, as yet, include the specific translations of survey items as established by academics working on values in Brazil. We’ll be posting translations of these items soon.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this conversation, please contact Gisela at: [email protected].
Aryne Sheppard is an educator and consultant working in the social change field, and serves as the Senior Public Engagement Specialist at the David Suzuki Foundation. She is based in Toronto and is keen to build a network of social change leaders who are interested in exploring new ways of transforming our culture.
Aryne uses the Common Cause ideas in her work and has presented them to colleagues. Please feel free to get in touch with Aryne at [email protected].
A small group of NGO professionals meet regularly in Brussels to discuss Common Cause and its application to work in and around EU Institutions.
If you live or work in Brussels and would like to hear more about what the Brussels group has planned or if you would like to attend one of the monthly Common Cause lunches to exchange experiences with colleagues in Brussels, contact Dr Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office at [email protected] or join the Common Cause Brussels group on Facebook.
Our group consists of Anne Wiebelitz, Hanna Schirm, Angelika Schichtel, and Thorsten Ludwig. We are working in a variety of different fields including wilderness education, school farming, heritage interpretation, and citizenship. Supported by WWF Germany we have translated The Common Cause Handbook (called Die gemeinsame Sache), including the basic workshop materials. We run workshops and give presentations exploring and outlining the Common Cause approach to working with values and frames. If you want to get in touch with us, please contact [email protected].
The Irish focal point for Common Cause aims to:
- Promote awareness about the importance of values and frames in driving progressive social change;
- Mentor and model new ways for organisations to work for progressive social change based on the values and frames analysis;
- Develop a capacity within civil society organisations to develop and implement a values and frames based approach to their work;
- Develop materials and tools for a values and frames based approach that work in an Irish context;
- Undertake research to explore the framing of equality and human rights issues in the context of austerity and economic crisis in Ireland;
- Develop supports for public bodies to implement the new equality and human rights duty on public bodies in a manner that uses a values-led approach.
Contact: Rachel Mullen, [email protected]
Common Cause in Norwegian is ‘Felles Sak’.
The network there is growing! Contact Kjersti Bohlin in Oslo for more information, or to arrange a workshop: [email protected].
Osbert Lancaster, Pam Candea, Anthony Morrow, Kerry Riddell and Morag Watson are a Scottish hub of the international Common Cause network. Originally working together under the banner of Common Cause in Scotland, we now operate as Wholehearted to reflect the evolution of our approach.
Find our more here: http://wholehearted.be/
Rachel Adatia is an independent consultant working in the environment and development field, based in Johannesburg. She is keen to explore Common Cause ideas with others in South Africa and is in the process of organising some pilot workshops.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this conversation, please contact Rachel at: [email protected]
A network of people is building in Sweden supported by Martha Thernsjö and Pella Thiel, Transition Network Sweden. We are giving workshops on request, see www.gemensamsak.se. Follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/
Here is Pella talking about Common Cause for one of our workshops:
Banu Binbasaran and Burcu Meltem Arik are independent consultants working in the environment, sustainability and human rights of children fields. Banu is based in Ankara and Burcu in Istanbul. They are translating Common Cause Handbook and Common Cause for Nature’s Practitioner’s Guide. They are also in the process of developing workshops and plan to run pilots by the end of this year.
If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Burcu at: [email protected].