Introduction to Common Cause: Open Workshop, York

IMG_4901-700x467Building public concern about social and environmental issues

We’re delighted to be collaborating with the local hosts for this event, Planet South Bank: a group of residents in York working to raise awareness and encourage community-based responses to climate change.

For anyone in York (or nearby) who could do with some Common Cause in their lives!

Places are limited – sign up here

  • Why aren’t people more vocal about global poverty or climate change?
  • What are cultural values, why are they important and how do they change?
  • How should we best engage with others about social and environmental issues?

The workshop will provide a hands-on approach to exploring the importance of the values that underpin concern about many social and environmental issues. It will explore how recent social psychology research – particularly on values – provides a lens through which we can analyse the full impact of our existing practices and consider how to secure broad, long-term public engagement with problems such as climate change, global poverty, inequality and more.

It will also highlight some of the problems that can arise when communicators, campaigners and activists inadvertently employ tactics that are likely to deepen people’s concerns about self-interest, economic benefit, or social status.

Most importantly, it will highlight opportunities for important new collaborations, and ways in which people can become involved in this rapidly growing discussion.

  • Where: Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW
  • When: 9am-4.30pm on February 28th 2015
  • Refreshments: Coffee and tea will be provided; bring your own lunch
  • Cost: Donations to cover expenses
  • Register: Places are limited – sign up here

If you have any questions about the event, email Richard Hawkins (

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