About Us
About Us

At Common Cause Foundation we’re a small, passionate team working, amidst a large and growing international network, to strengthen and give voice to the compassionate values that underpin social and environmental concern.

Research, by Common Cause and others, shows most people care deeply about one another and the world around them, valuing things like equality, compassion and kindness. However, a large majority of people underestimate the extent to which their fellow citizens care about these things - and this can hold us back.

Conveying a more authentic understanding of what people typically value has potentially transformative consequences: people who hold truer perspectives of others’ values report deeper connection to their communities, show greater motivation to become civically engaged, are more likely to support action on social or environmental challenges, and have higher wellbeing.

At Common Cause Foundation we’re a small, passionate team working, amidst a large and growing international network, to strengthen and give voice to the compassionate values that underpin social and environmental concern.

Research, by Common Cause and others, shows most people care deeply about one another and the world around them, valuing things like equality, compassion and kindness. However, a large majority of people underestimate the extent to which their fellow citizens care about these things - and this can hold us back.

Conveying a more authentic understanding of what people typically value has potentially transformative consequences: people who hold truer perspectives of others’ values report deeper connection to their communities, show greater motivation to become civically engaged, are more likely to support action on social or environmental challenges, and have higher wellbeing.

At Common Cause Foundation we’re a small, passionate team working, amidst a large and growing international network, to strengthen and give voice to the compassionate values that underpin social and environmental concern.

Research, by Common Cause and others, shows most people care deeply about one another and the world around them, valuing things like equality, compassion and kindness. However, a large majority of people underestimate the extent to which their fellow citizens care about these things - and this can hold us back.

Conveying a more authentic understanding of what people typically value has potentially transformative consequences: people who hold truer perspectives of others’ values report deeper connection to their communities, show greater motivation to become civically engaged, are more likely to support action on social or environmental challenges, and have higher wellbeing.

At Common Cause Foundation we’re a small, passionate team working, amidst a large and growing international network, to strengthen and give voice to the compassionate values that underpin social and environmental concern.

Research, by Common Cause and others, shows most people care deeply about one another and the world around them, valuing things like equality, compassion and kindness. However, a large majority of people underestimate the extent to which their fellow citizens care about these things - and this can hold us back.

Conveying a more authentic understanding of what people typically value has potentially transformative consequences: people who hold truer perspectives of others’ values report deeper connection to their communities, show greater motivation to become civically engaged, are more likely to support action on social or environmental challenges, and have higher wellbeing.

At Common Cause Foundation we’re a small, passionate team working, amidst a large and growing international network, to strengthen and give voice to the compassionate values that underpin social and environmental concern.

Research, by Common Cause and others, shows most people care deeply about one another and the world around them, valuing things like equality, compassion and kindness. However, a large majority of people underestimate the extent to which their fellow citizens care about these things - and this can hold us back.

Conveying a more authentic understanding of what people typically value has potentially transformative consequences: people who hold truer perspectives of others’ values report deeper connection to their communities, show greater motivation to become civically engaged, are more likely to support action on social or environmental challenges, and have higher wellbeing.

How our insights are being brought to life...

How our insights are being brought to life...

How our insights are being brought to life...

How our insights are being brought to life...

How our insights are being brought to life...

Meet our team

Meet our team

Meet our team

Meet our team

Meet our team

Tom Crompton, Director

Tom Crompton

Tom Crompton

Tom Crompton

Tom Crompton

Tom Crompton

Director

Director

Director

Director

Director

I come from a natural science background but am compelled by the realisation that we cannot expect proportional or lasting responses to today’s profound social and environment challenges to emerge unless these responses are rooted in an understanding of people. By that I don’t just mean savvy communications approaches or an understanding of cognitive biases – important as those things might be. I mean something more fundamental: what matters to us, and what shapes what matters to us.
 
I have worked on values and social change for fifteen years, employed by or collaborating with diverse charities – including NSPCC, Oxfam, Scope and WWF. I have advised the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments on cultural values, and have collaborated and published with some of the world’s foremost academics working in this area. I’ve also written extensively in this field for both peer-reviewed and popular journals, and wrote the reports Weathercocks and Signposts: The Environment Movement at a Crossroads (WWF, 2007), Common Cause: The Case for Working with Values and Frames (WWF, 2010) and Perceptions Matter: The Common Cause UK Values Survey (CCF, 2016). 

I come from a natural science background but am compelled by the realisation that we cannot expect proportional or lasting responses to today’s profound social and environment challenges to emerge unless these responses are rooted in an understanding of people. By that I don’t just mean savvy communications approaches or an understanding of cognitive biases – important as those things might be. I mean something more fundamental: what matters to us, and what shapes what matters to us.
 
I have worked on values and social change for fifteen years, employed by or collaborating with diverse charities – including NSPCC, Oxfam, Scope and WWF. I have advised the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments on cultural values, and have collaborated and published with some of the world’s foremost academics working in this area. I’ve also written extensively in this field for both peer-reviewed and popular journals, and wrote the reports Weathercocks and Signposts: The Environment Movement at a Crossroads (WWF, 2007), Common Cause: The Case for Working with Values and Frames (WWF, 2010) and Perceptions Matter: The Common Cause UK Values Survey (CCF, 2016). 

I come from a natural science background but am compelled by the realisation that we cannot expect proportional or lasting responses to today’s profound social and environment challenges to emerge unless these responses are rooted in an understanding of people. By that I don’t just mean savvy communications approaches or an understanding of cognitive biases – important as those things might be. I mean something more fundamental: what matters to us, and what shapes what matters to us.
 
I have worked on values and social change for fifteen years, employed by or collaborating with diverse charities – including NSPCC, Oxfam, Scope and WWF. I have advised the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments on cultural values, and have collaborated and published with some of the world’s foremost academics working in this area. I’ve also written extensively in this field for both peer-reviewed and popular journals, and wrote the reports Weathercocks and Signposts: The Environment Movement at a Crossroads (WWF, 2007), Common Cause: The Case for Working with Values and Frames (WWF, 2010) and Perceptions Matter: The Common Cause UK Values Survey (CCF, 2016). 

I come from a natural science background but am compelled by the realisation that we cannot expect proportional or lasting responses to today’s profound social and environment challenges to emerge unless these responses are rooted in an understanding of people. By that I don’t just mean savvy communications approaches or an understanding of cognitive biases – important as those things might be. I mean something more fundamental: what matters to us, and what shapes what matters to us.
 
I have worked on values and social change for fifteen years, employed by or collaborating with diverse charities – including NSPCC, Oxfam, Scope and WWF. I have advised the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments on cultural values, and have collaborated and published with some of the world’s foremost academics working in this area. I’ve also written extensively in this field for both peer-reviewed and popular journals, and wrote the reports Weathercocks and Signposts: The Environment Movement at a Crossroads (WWF, 2007), Common Cause: The Case for Working with Values and Frames (WWF, 2010) and Perceptions Matter: The Common Cause UK Values Survey (CCF, 2016). 

I come from a natural science background but am compelled by the realisation that we cannot expect proportional or lasting responses to today’s profound social and environment challenges to emerge unless these responses are rooted in an understanding of people. By that I don’t just mean savvy communications approaches or an understanding of cognitive biases – important as those things might be. I mean something more fundamental: what matters to us, and what shapes what matters to us.
 
I have worked on values and social change for fifteen years, employed by or collaborating with diverse charities – including NSPCC, Oxfam, Scope and WWF. I have advised the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments on cultural values, and have collaborated and published with some of the world’s foremost academics working in this area. I’ve also written extensively in this field for both peer-reviewed and popular journals, and wrote the reports Weathercocks and Signposts: The Environment Movement at a Crossroads (WWF, 2007), Common Cause: The Case for Working with Values and Frames (WWF, 2010) and Perceptions Matter: The Common Cause UK Values Survey (CCF, 2016). 

RuthTaylor

Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor

Learning and Communications Lead

Learning and Communications Lead

Learning and Communications Lead

Learning and Communications Lead

Learning and Communications Lead

I’m driven by the question of how more people can be supported to understand, think and feel differently about the social and environmental challenges we face, so that they can take action in more effective ways. Working for Common Cause I get to collaborate with different organisations working on a broad range of issue areas, all motivated to think about how we can strengthen the shared compassionate values we know to be important to so many people.
 
I have been working in the field of social change for the past 10 years, namely in public engagement and campaign strategy roles for organisations such as Amnesty International and Restless Development. I currently sit on the Trustee Board for the student campaigning organisation, People and Planet. I hold a Masters from the LSE in Human Rights.

I’m driven by the question of how more people can be supported to understand, think and feel differently about the social and environmental challenges we face, so that they can take action in more effective ways. Working for Common Cause I get to collaborate with different organisations working on a broad range of issue areas, all motivated to think about how we can strengthen the shared compassionate values we know to be important to so many people.
 
I have been working in the field of social change for the past 10 years, namely in public engagement and campaign strategy roles for organisations such as Amnesty International and Restless Development. I currently sit on the Trustee Board for the student campaigning organisation, People and Planet. I hold a Masters from the LSE in Human Rights.

I’m driven by the question of how more people can be supported to understand, think and feel differently about the social and environmental challenges we face, so that they can take action in more effective ways. Working for Common Cause I get to collaborate with different organisations working on a broad range of issue areas, all motivated to think about how we can strengthen the shared compassionate values we know to be important to so many people.
 
I have been working in the field of social change for the past 10 years, namely in public engagement and campaign strategy roles for organisations such as Amnesty International and Restless Development. I currently sit on the Trustee Board for the student campaigning organisation, People and Planet. I hold a Masters from the LSE in Human Rights.

I’m driven by the question of how more people can be supported to understand, think and feel differently about the social and environmental challenges we face, so that they can take action in more effective ways. Working for Common Cause I get to collaborate with different organisations working on a broad range of issue areas, all motivated to think about how we can strengthen the shared compassionate values we know to be important to so many people.
 
I have been working in the field of social change for the past 10 years, namely in public engagement and campaign strategy roles for organisations such as Amnesty International and Restless Development. I currently sit on the Trustee Board for the student campaigning organisation, People and Planet. I hold a Masters from the LSE in Human Rights.

I’m driven by the question of how more people can be supported to understand, think and feel differently about the social and environmental challenges we face, so that they can take action in more effective ways. Working for Common Cause I get to collaborate with different organisations working on a broad range of issue areas, all motivated to think about how we can strengthen the shared compassionate values we know to be important to so many people.
 
I have been working in the field of social change for the past 10 years, namely in public engagement and campaign strategy roles for organisations such as Amnesty International and Restless Development. I currently sit on the Trustee Board for the student campaigning organisation, People and Planet. I hold a Masters from the LSE in Human Rights.

Janice Gittens6

Janice Gittens

Janice Gittens

Janice Gittens

Janice Gittens

Janice Gittens

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

I am of African Caribbean descent, arrived in Britain as a child in the Windrush era and has been here ever since. I am a mother, motivational speaker, educator, trainer, facilitator and therapeutic coach. I've worked as a teacher of business studies, a senior manager in the fields of mental health, criminal justice and addictions.

I hold an MA in Psychoanalysis and have a small private practice. My work is unique in that I incorporate the individual’s frame of reference, their worldview and a psychoanalytical approach that works with the repressed unconscious. I coach leaders in organisation on issues of culture, social mobility and system change.

 

I am of African Caribbean descent, arrived in Britain as a child in the Windrush era and has been here ever since. I am a mother, motivational speaker, educator, trainer, facilitator and therapeutic coach. I've worked as a teacher of business studies, a senior manager in the fields of mental health, criminal justice and addictions.

I hold an MA in Psychoanalysis and have a small private practice. My work is unique in that I incorporate the individual’s frame of reference, their worldview and a psychoanalytical approach that works with the repressed unconscious. I coach leaders in organisation on issues of culture, social mobility and system change.

 

I am of African Caribbean descent, arrived in Britain as a child in the Windrush era and has been here ever since. I am a mother, motivational speaker, educator, trainer, facilitator and therapeutic coach. I've worked as a teacher of business studies, a senior manager in the fields of mental health, criminal justice and addictions.

I hold an MA in Psychoanalysis and have a small private practice. My work is unique in that I incorporate the individual’s frame of reference, their worldview and a psychoanalytical approach that works with the repressed unconscious. I coach leaders in organisation on issues of culture, social mobility and system change.

 

I am of African Caribbean descent, arrived in Britain as a child in the Windrush era and has been here ever since. I am a mother, motivational speaker, educator, trainer, facilitator and therapeutic coach. I've worked as a teacher of business studies, a senior manager in the fields of mental health, criminal justice and addictions.

I hold an MA in Psychoanalysis and have a small private practice. My work is unique in that I incorporate the individual’s frame of reference, their worldview and a psychoanalytical approach that works with the repressed unconscious. I coach leaders in organisation on issues of culture, social mobility and system change.

 

I am of African Caribbean descent, arrived in Britain as a child in the Windrush era and has been here ever since. I am a mother, motivational speaker, educator, trainer, facilitator and therapeutic coach. I've worked as a teacher of business studies, a senior manager in the fields of mental health, criminal justice and addictions.

I hold an MA in Psychoanalysis and have a small private practice. My work is unique in that I incorporate the individual’s frame of reference, their worldview and a psychoanalytical approach that works with the repressed unconscious. I coach leaders in organisation on issues of culture, social mobility and system change.

 

Julia Oertli

Julia Oertli

Julia Oertli

Julia Oertli

Julia Oertli

Julia Oertli

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

Co-Leader - Shared Values for Cultural Change

I’m a social anthropologist by training and a facilitator by trade, having worked across the UK non-profit sector including NGOs, charities, social enterprises, funders, universities and statutory bodies. I have a passion for connecting the structural with the personal and a deep belief in the power of conversation. I’m particularly fascinated by the idea that the world we live in is mirrored in ourselves as individuals as well as in the dynamics of any group of people who are trying to do something together.

My commitment to social justice has been a consistent thread throughout my life and has required me to do a lot of work around understanding power, identity and systems of oppression. I try to embed this in the way I facilitate, design programmes and work with others. Creativity is a big part of me and frequently shows up in the shape of colour-coded notes or ornamented flipchart paper. 

I’m a social anthropologist by training and a facilitator by trade, having worked across the UK non-profit sector including NGOs, charities, social enterprises, funders, universities and statutory bodies. I have a passion for connecting the structural with the personal and a deep belief in the power of conversation. I’m particularly fascinated by the idea that the world we live in is mirrored in ourselves as individuals as well as in the dynamics of any group of people who are trying to do something together.

My commitment to social justice has been a consistent thread throughout my life and has required me to do a lot of work around understanding power, identity and systems of oppression. I try to embed this in the way I facilitate, design programmes and work with others. Creativity is a big part of me and frequently shows up in the shape of colour-coded notes or ornamented flipchart paper. 

I’m a social anthropologist by training and a facilitator by trade, having worked across the UK non-profit sector including NGOs, charities, social enterprises, funders, universities and statutory bodies. I have a passion for connecting the structural with the personal and a deep belief in the power of conversation. I’m particularly fascinated by the idea that the world we live in is mirrored in ourselves as individuals as well as in the dynamics of any group of people who are trying to do something together.

My commitment to social justice has been a consistent thread throughout my life and has required me to do a lot of work around understanding power, identity and systems of oppression. I try to embed this in the way I facilitate, design programmes and work with others. Creativity is a big part of me and frequently shows up in the shape of colour-coded notes or ornamented flipchart paper. 

I’m a social anthropologist by training and a facilitator by trade, having worked across the UK non-profit sector including NGOs, charities, social enterprises, funders, universities and statutory bodies. I have a passion for connecting the structural with the personal and a deep belief in the power of conversation. I’m particularly fascinated by the idea that the world we live in is mirrored in ourselves as individuals as well as in the dynamics of any group of people who are trying to do something together.

My commitment to social justice has been a consistent thread throughout my life and has required me to do a lot of work around understanding power, identity and systems of oppression. I try to embed this in the way I facilitate, design programmes and work with others. Creativity is a big part of me and frequently shows up in the shape of colour-coded notes or ornamented flipchart paper. 

I’m a social anthropologist by training and a facilitator by trade, having worked across the UK non-profit sector including NGOs, charities, social enterprises, funders, universities and statutory bodies. I have a passion for connecting the structural with the personal and a deep belief in the power of conversation. I’m particularly fascinated by the idea that the world we live in is mirrored in ourselves as individuals as well as in the dynamics of any group of people who are trying to do something together.

My commitment to social justice has been a consistent thread throughout my life and has required me to do a lot of work around understanding power, identity and systems of oppression. I try to embed this in the way I facilitate, design programmes and work with others. Creativity is a big part of me and frequently shows up in the shape of colour-coded notes or ornamented flipchart paper. 

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