On September 23 and 24, 2010, nearly two dozen activists and psychologists gathered at the offices of Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C., to explore how to productively apply research and insights from psychology to inspire and empower real, systemic change at every level.
The report from this meeting has just been published. You can read it here.
Common Cause builds the case that a wide range of civil society organisations share a common interest: to work collectively to activate and strengthen those cultural values which have been shown empirically to underpin people’s concern about a range of problems – from climate change to the despoilment of the countryside; from global poverty to species extinction.
The ambitious political interventions that are necessary to address these problems will require far greater public appetite – and pressure – for political change. Such appetite and pressure is dependent upon people coming to place greater emphasis upon ‘intrinsic values’ – including the value they place upon their relationships with other people and with the natural world.
This interest in working to strengthen intrinsic values is common to the five organisations that have collaborated in the first phase of this project. But the evidence from social psychology demonstrates that these values are equally important to many other organisations, including those striving to build public concern about a range of other issues – from discrimination on the basis of race or gender, sexual orientation or age, through to abuses of human rights or animal welfare.
We’ve set up a new website for the Common Cause Working Group, cc-wg.org, to discuss the report. Visit the site, and join the discussion.