PIRC Team

Richard Hawkins


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 posts by Richard:

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

Coal vs. Wind infographic

A great infographic from 10:10 and the Four Winds Coop – it cites our Offshore Valuation report a few times.

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

IPCC: CO2 emissions are being ‘outsourced’ by rich countries to rising economies

The upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Working Group 2 report will cover outsourced emissions: “A growing share of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion in developing countries is released in the production of goods and services exported, notably from upper-middle-income countries to high-income countries.“ For more on this problem, see our Carbon Omissions animation.

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