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).
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.
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.
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
Application form: Learning and Participation Lead (Word Doc)
Please complete and send us your application by midnight on Sunday, 3rd June.
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
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
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.
The Values Deck Kickstarter is nearly over: have you pledged support to reserve yours yet?
We wanted to give you a little insight into the creative process by showing you some of the early drafts of the cards. Find below some of the early efforts that didn’t quite make the cut…
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…
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 and the environment, equality and tolerance. (Self-transcendence, or intrinsic values)
- 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)
- 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!)
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.
Guest post by Jon Alexander, co-author of Think Of Me As Evil?
As one of the authors of the report you cited in your recent piece on advertising, I want to respond to your comments, and to invite you to engage with me in a public dialogue to try to identify a new and constructive role for advertising in society. Read more