Richard Hawkins

Designer & Facilitator

Richard is a researcher, communicator and designer. He led PIRC’s work on Common Cause between 2010-2015, exploring the role of values in social and cultural change. He’s facilitated over 200 workshops and trainings across the Third Sector and civil society in the UK and Europe. He previously coordinated PIRC’s climate work, bridging between the scientific community and campaigning NGOs and was lead author of the Climate Safety report.

Before joining PIRC in 2007, he founded The Green Shed, an ethical and environmental web design company. He loves visual communication having worked on several social and environmental projects with information designers and London Design Colleges.

Richard has a degree in Law, specialising in International Environmental Law, from the University of Nottingham. He is a member of Smart CSOs, a co-founder of Campaign Lab and a fellow of the RSA.

Skills & interests:

  • cultural values & social change
  • participatory and deliberative democracy
  • framing & narrative
  • information design & data visualisation
  • ultimate frisbee

Recent articles:

General Election Framing Guide 3

For anyone working towards a more equitable, democratic and sustainable society It’s just seven days until the polling stations close. Depending on your constitution (and/or the most recent poll you have seen), you might feel we are living in exciting (or terrifying) political times, or you might agree with Brenda in Bristol that there is justRead more

Open Framing

Civil society creating powerful, shared stories “Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author What we’ll do Through our work and many conversationsRead more

VALUES: 58 IDEAS WE LIVE BY

KICKSTARTER LAUNCHED Values: 58 Ideas We Live By  is a beautiful deck of cards for exploring who we are, designed by Genis Carreras in collaboration with PIRC. “Love. Creativity. Enjoyment. Curiosity. Friendship. Purpose. Psychological research shows that we are all driven by the same things – but differ in how we prioritise them. Fifty-eight valuesRead more

Common Cause training in June

In June, we’re running a Common Cause training course in the beautiful hills of mid-Wales. It”ll be an exciting three days of participatory learning, exploring creative, values-based tools for social or environmental change. Find out more

Smart CSOs – Searching for new cultural stories in civil society

In October the Smart CSOs Lab hosted a conference in Germany attended by over 80 activists and researchers from 14 different countries. This video was produced at the conference and shows voices of activists from different parts of the world and different sectors of civil society talking about their frustrations, motivations and inspirations to join the growing movementRead more

Our latest publication… Climate Science Factsheets

Since the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks in 2009 and the ‘Climategate’ debacle of early 2010, media interest in climate science has declined, and the public become somewhat more sceptical about its veracity. Yet the evidence base itself has only become more robust in that time. Conveying the certainties and uncertainties of climate scienceRead more