Casper is a campaign strategist and consultant, and the co-founder of the UK Youth Climate Coalition. He has worked with Avaaz, Oxfam, and Futerra Sustainability Communications and joins the Common Cause team after touring through Europe his with vocal ensemble ‘Northern Harmony’. He graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in History and Sociology and was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
The European Parliament: between ice cream and development education
How much did it promote intrinsic values to adopt a European Parliament declaration on development education and active global citizenship when this relied in part on enticing Members of the European Parliament with “Earth balloons” and photo opportunities?
This was the question Tobias Troll of DEEEP (Developing Europeans’ Engagement for the Eradication of Global Poverty) asked the Common Cause Brussels chapter on 12 July.
Tobias first gave us a crash course in written declarations of the European Parliament: They become automatically adopted once a majority of the Parliaments’ 754 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have signed them (within a deadline of three to four months). The declarations have to be less than 200 words, have no binding force, can be linked to any policy area of the European Union and do not automatically give rise to any specific follow-up. The main purpose is political: with a written declaration in your pocket, it is easier e.g. to ask the Commission to take action. It gives you a political “foot in the door”.
Casper ter KuileTrade-offs in influencing the European Parliament – was it worth it? A view from Brussels
How can the fair trade movement better influence policy-makers by using intrinsic-orientated frames? That was one of the questions asked at the Common Cause Brussels lunch on 20 June, hosted by the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO).
Casper ter KuileCan Trade Express Intrinsic Values? A view from Brussels
This update is from Eivind Hoff in Brussels who is hosting Common Cause conversations with policy experts, campaigners and social change-makers.
How could Common Cause be used to influence politicians and the public on the need for supported employment for disabled people? This was the topic discussed at the Common Cause meeting in Brussels on 22 May, hosted by Workability Europe.
With 80 million Europeans having a disability of some sort, ensuring a decent life for disabled people should be in everyone’s interest. Despite this, it is a topic that is often forgotten. One element of a decent life is having the possibility of using your capacities to work. Many disabled people are however excluded from the open labour market. There are various forms of supported employment for disabled people, yet little is known about their role in supporting people with a disability to transition to the mainstream labour market.
Casper ter KuileCommon Cause & Disability A view from Brussels
How to use the Common Cause perspective in the design of dialogue processes? That was what we discussed through a case study at Common Cause Brussels on 19 April.
The case was a real example of an EU-funded research project that is to start soon with the aim of fostering better dialogue between R&D communities and civil society on low-carbon energy technologies that sometimes are controversial, such as wind turbines, CCS or power transmission lines. One of the first big tasks in the project will be to conduct a large number of interviews in 10 European countries with different types of stakeholders on their opinions on these technologies and the low-carbon energy transition in general.
Casper ter KuileCommon Cause In Dialogue Processes A view from Brussels
I spent Wednesday evening with a group of 25 from all sorts of community and NGO initiatives in Bristol to share some of the case studies we’ve been collecting, and the themes that we’re noticing within them.
The room was filled with an intergenerational group – and after finishing exactly on time, I was one of the first to leave as nearly everyone stayed behind to keep talking: a sure sign of success!
We spent most of the evening reflecting on what campaigning looks like with a Common Cause approach, using the following themes as guides for our conversation.
How do we bring a Common Cause approach into our organisations when they might not want to consider it?
This was the question that we discussed last night at the 10:10 office in Camden. We heard four different stories from NGO staff who have tried to bring frames and values thinking into their organisation – with varying degrees of success and difficulty. Out of these conversations emerged some principles and patterns that we started to see within each of the stories, which we wanted to share.
Casper ter KuileFollowing the energy: Taking Common Cause into organisations
This is a post from Eivind Hoff, who has been bringing together Common Cause conversations in Brussels.
What values do typical texts on EU climate change-motivated policy activate and how can we change them? That was the focus of the second Common Cause Brussels meeting on 7 March.
Most of us working with EU affairs in Brussels draft and edit texts trying to convince policy-makers to do this or that. At our meeting, we took one such draft text I had received that called for ambitious EU policies for decarbonising the power sector. What had struck me was how such texts – even with the most climate-friendly intentions – are permeated by appeals to “competitiveness”, “economic growth” and “energy security”.
Casper ter KuileApplying Common Cause To EU Climate Jargon
Through case studies and coming together in community, a growing number of campaigners are exploring how to use a values approach in their work.
As part of that, we have put together an action learning process, which will take campaigners through a five month learning and innovation process.
Who is this for: Campaigners from UK-based medium/large NGOs who interact with the public and/or partner organisations. Each campaigner will need a colleague from their organisation to take part in the process – so that we have 20 campaigners from 10 NGOs. You’ll need to be willing to try new things inside your organisation and to take some risks. If you feel stuck in your work but believe in what’s possible – then this is for you.
When is it happening: Full days on 23rd February, 9-11th March, 12th April, 10th May, 14th June, 12th July. We’ll happily approach your NGO leadership with you to negotiate time to take part.
What is the cost: None, though we will be asking you to host trainings at your organisation (if there is room).
How many hours per week does it need: 2-4 hours a week for reading, sharing insights with your learning partner, and documenting the process.
“Maybe the single-issue campaign doesn’t work anymore because we’re not single-issue people.”
Since the publication of Common Cause, campaigners have been asking themselves, ‘what does this mean for us and our work?’.
This month, twenty seven campaigners got together at Development House to hear more about some of the case studies we’ve profiled, to build community, and start to think about what we’d like to be doing differently to align our campaigning with a values-based approach.
We heard from Morgan and his work with Waste Watch and from Guy and his work on advertising, then broke into smaller groups to dive into:
What do we campaign on? Can we choose more systemic targets?
How do we campaign? Is the way in which we’re working us preventing us from shifting power more successfully?
Values and Frames theory and research – an in-depth conversation.
What did we learn?
Casper ter KuileFrom single issues to systems thinking with Common Cause