A large body of evidence shows that values are of central importance in leading people to express concern about social and environmental issues – whether this concern is expressed by changing aspects of day-to-day behaviour, by becoming politically involved, or by volunteering.
A common set of values, which we call compassionate values, underpin such social and environmental concern. Everyone holds these values to some extent – indeed the majority of people privilege these values above all others.
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Strengthening and giving voice to these values will help to create responses to a wide range of social and environmental challenges – from climate change to social exclusion. Indeed, it is difficult to foresee long-lasting and adequate responses to some of today’s most pressing challenges emerging without working to promote these values.
Common Cause is a network of people working to rebalance cultural values, creating a more equitable, sustainable and democratic society. Our work, drawing on extensive collaboration with some of the world’s leading social psychologists, is establishing key principles and insights to achieve this.
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We work in collaboration with a large and growing international network of people who are working to further develop and apply these insights. Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming involved.