Great stuff that we were involved in this year, limited to 140 character snippets, like those “tweet” things, because we are down with the kids…
Equinet commissioned us to research equality and tolerance in Europe, and we went data mining to pull out some significant trends…
Wales was sunny for 3 whole days (!) while we held a Common Cause residential training with a great group of people. Highlights included a spontaneous ceilidh and some extreme frisbee.
Along with nef and FinanceLab we launched Campaign Lab 3: a popular 6-month training programme for civil society campaigners, activists and organisers.
We were part of a major piece of research into the way that charities communicate by WWF-UK and Scope called No Cause is an Island.
We teamed up with Equally Ours and Counterpoint to explore how Human Rights are framed in British newspapers: report coming soon!
We helped out with the ‘Communities with a Common Cause’ Action Learning Programme in Scotland which was recognised with a UNESCO Outstanding Flagship Project award.
We co-hosted our first Values & Education conference with Character Scotland and Lifeworlds Learning, bringing 60+ researchers and educationalists together to discuss practice and policy.
LGBTI advocacy group ILGA Europe brought us to Brussels to host 3 days of training on equality framing and campaigning. Something we hope to build on in 2015.
We helped the Common Cause international network to grow, with new groups in Canada, Germany and the Netherlands and plans underway for a dedicated Common Cause organisation in Australia!
We have also done loads of great work with a variety of people and organisations and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for it. We did start making a list of all the people we would like to thank but there were so many of you it got a little long — rest assured we loved working with you and are thankful for your help and support.
7 Blogging Highlights
- We need to talk about alienation!: The dirty word that’s due a comeback…
- Visualising values: Introducing some amazing design work from Genis Carreras (that has since been made into some beautiful values cards).
- Shared ownership: Why democratic processes can make us all better people.
- On having more than two sides: An important debate about the psychology research that Common Cause is based on.
- Communication is conservation: Some key recommendations following the publication of the Common Cause for Nature report.
- Why you accidently called your teacher ‘mum’: Insights from anthropology work on Relational Models.
- The power of hashtags: A critical look at social media in campaigns like #BringBackOurGirls.
Coming next year
Some of the things we’ll be doing include:
A second edition of the Common Cause Handbook.
Working with several UK conservation NGOs we’re launching the second phase of Common Cause for Nature.
With Genis Carreras, we’re launching a Kickstarter for a set of beautiful value-graphic cards.
Along with FinanceLab and nef we’re hoping to launch Campaign Lab 4.
In collaboration with Simon Harris, and funding permitting, we’ll be launching Culture Lab: a 6-month action learning programme for arts and culture leaders in Wales.
Having just got started with the first few seminars, we’ll be continuing work on a Welsh Government supported Food Values project with the Organic Centre Wales.
Ant, Bec, Elena, Jamie, Kevin, Ralph, Rich, Tanya & Tim.