Past Work

In the last five years, we have worked to radicalise environmental debate in the UK, giving others the space to push for deeper change in policy, attitudes and values. This has ranged from highlighting the urgency of the problems we face (in Climate Safety and The Green Investment Gap) to producing pioneering research into the potential for transforming our energy system (in Zero Carbon Britain and The Offshore Valuation) to advocating radical policy solutions (in Energy Bonds and Carbon Omissions).

Come work with us!

We are currently seeking two people to join our team!

We are looking for a temporary Network Lead (maternity cover) and a permanent Learning and Participation Lead, with a focus on helping us develop our participatory research methodology and workshop pedagogy.

We have a flat management structure which means that we also expect each staff member to play an active role in the running of the organisation.

NETWORK LEAD (maternity cover)

Your main role will be to help us grow and develop the PIRC network and to ensure a movement-building approach is embedded within PIRC’s framing projects. Depending on your skills and interests, you will also participate in our framing research activities and workshops.

More information about this role here: Network Lead (Maternity Cover)

Location: Machynlleth, Wales (remote working a possibility)
Salary: PIRC’s flat pay structure £26,000 (£20,800 pro rata)
Hours: 30 hours a week
Contract: Temporary; 10-12 months
Application form: Maternity Leave Cover (Word Doc)
Please complete and send us your application by midnight on Sunday, 27th May.

LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION LEAD (permanent)

Your main role will be to coordinate the development and delivery of PIRC’s participatory methods, particularly in our research activities and training design. You will work closely with the research and training leads.

More information about this role here: Learning and Participation Lead

Location: Machynlleth, Wales
Salary: PIRC’s flat pay structure of £26,000 (£20,800 pro rata)
Hours: 30 hours a week
Contract: Permanent
Application form: Learning and Participation Lead (Word Doc)
Please complete and send us your application by midnight on Sunday, 3rd June.

Meeting Shalom Schwartz

Shalom Schwartz is the psychologist behind the values model that inspires Common Cause, a values-led approach to social change. This summer, I met him at his home in New York.

We talked about the connection between values and behaviour, some of the strangest applications of his theory and, of course, the values that matter to him most: read the interview in The Psychologist. Read 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 values and develop tools for applying it to our work. Read more

Rekindling Kindliness: Learning from Hebden Bridge 1

Last week, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released a report that calls for more kindness in communities, and outlines some ways that helpfulness and support can be encouraged.

It shows that kindness takes different forms,  not all of them equal in their impact, and it looks at a real British community (Hebden Bridge) to make recommendations that can be applied elsewhere.

The report reveals a perverse truth:  most people think that giving help is good, but that receiving or soliciting help is bad.

Vulnerability (exposing a need for help) is seen as the counterweight to dignity (maintaining self-reliance and independence). If we want an antidote to lonely, alienated Britain, it is this psychology we ultimately have to challenge.

Four of a Kind

When talking about kindness, its seems that people tend towards four different orientations.

4 Kinds of Helping - by Bec Sanderson

Here we explore what they might mean in terms of values: Read more

VALUES: 58 IDEAS WE LIVE BY

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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 values guide our lives, shaping who we are, what we do, and ultimately the kind of society we live in.”

Whether you’re just mildly interested in values or a fully fledged Common Cause geek looking for workshop material, this little deck deserves a place in your life…

Support the project and get some cards.

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:

  1. Change & autonomy values, such as creativity and freedom,are linked to tolerance and comfort with difference. (Openness-to-change values)
  2. Care & empathy values are all about concern for others and the environment, equality and tolerance. (Self-transcendence, or intrinsic values)
  3. Stability & security values, such as social order and respect for tradition, are associated with maintenance of the status quo and discomfort with other groups. (Conservation values)
  4. Power & competition values are linked to prejudice, discrimination, materialism and concern about status, self and money. (Self-enhancement, or extrinsic values)

We all hold all of these values, but to different degrees. These four groups work in opposition to each other as in the diagram below. Care/empathy values are opposite power/competition, and change/autonomy values oppose stability/security values. This means we’re unlikely to value one set highly if we value the other set highly. (Read more about how this works here!)

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