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.
- Stories about change
- Books in general…
- Reading about ideas
- Wild swimming & running around the Welsh countryside
Recent posts by Elena:
General Election Framing Guide
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
Come and work with us!
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
Developing Discourse or Stunted Growth? Taking the Sustainable out of the Sustainable Development Goals
Where does poverty come from? Whatever your answer, it’ll shape what you think we should do about it. If you think it’s natural, for example, then perhaps all we can do about it is alleviate suffering rather than get rid of it. Perhaps we shouldn’t do anything about it at all. Your answer will subsequentlyRead more
Strivers and skivers? We’re all in this together
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