Elena

Elena Blackmore

I’m currently leading the Framing LGBTI Equality project; before that I was involved in a number of our previous publications, including Common Cause for Nature, Valuing Equality, the Common Cause Handbook and Building Bridges (on the framing of human rights in the UK). I’m most interested in how our cultural stories shape oppression and the ways we interact with each other and the natural world. My background’s in Psychology and International Development.

Interests:

  • Stories about change
  • Books in general…
  • Ukulele
  • Reading about ideas
  • Wild swimming
  • Running around the Welsh countryside

Recent articles:

Come and work with us! 3

Applications now closed, thanks for all the interest. We’re looking for someone to join our small team who can help us make ourselves and the broken stories of our current system a little better. It’ll be a varied role within a flat structure in a dynamic charity based in Machynlleth, in the beautiful green hillsRead more

Framing LGBTQI Equality

  Why did a group of people in Russia want to ban LGBTI groups from using the rainbow flag (stolen from nature and the children, apparently), and how have movements like La Manif Pour Tous in France, protesting that sex education must ‘leave my gender stereotypes alone’ (not a joke), gained any serious support? We’re working withRead more

Strivers and skivers? We’re all in this together 2

The binary rhetoric that currently surrounds the welfare state reflects a deep moral narrative with a crippling social impact. ‘Strivers’ and ‘skivers’ are two sides of the same coin. That coin is shame. One side represents the deserving, and the other side the undeserving. Rachel Reeves, the UK Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary, recently saidRead more

Common Cause Training: Values, Leadership & Social Change

23rd – 26th June 2015 A residential training course in the applied psychology of human motivation for communicators, organisers and leaders of social change This summer, we’re offering three days of practical and inspiring participatory learning in the beautiful mid-Wales hills. Together, we’ll be using the Common Cause approach to explore the psychology of valuesRead more

Hate racism, love Finland:
10 ways values link to prejudices across Europe

What do you value in life? If you ask anybody this question, there’s surprising similarity in what people say. You can generally put people’s values into four broad groups: Change & autonomy values, such as creativity and freedom,are linked to tolerance and comfort with difference. (Openness-to-change values) Care & empathy values are all about concern for others andRead more

New report: Common Cause for Nature

Creating and maintaining a sustainable, wildlife-rich world requires active, concerned citizens and a political system capable of rising to the challenge. Governments, businesses and the public will need the space and motivation to make the right choices. The UK conservation sector is large and well-resourced yet, as the recent State of Nature report attests, biodiversityRead more

Values in education

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. – Ludwig Wittgenstein What we learn and how we are taught are key to shaping the people we become. The heated debates around the UK’s National Curriculum in recent months attest to a general recognition of this: with the fight-back against the proposal toRead more