Societies are fracturing as the forces of division grow stronger, driving people apart.
We are losing trust in each other and in the future. Feelings of frustration, powerlessness and a loss of belonging are making us vulnerable to ‘us versus them’ stories, which turn us against each other. Social media is magnifying the loudest and most extreme voices.
A generation ago, experts claimed the forces of democracy, freedom and progress were unstoppable. Instead we are entering the 2020s with many of the most established democracies feeling weakened, unstable and under increasing threat.
Our organization’s name reflects our vision: to build more united, inclusive and resilient societies in which people believe that what they have in common is stronger than what divides them.
More in Common’s mission is to understand the forces driving us apart, to find common ground and help to bring people together to tackle our shared challenges.
We draw from groundbreaking research to test and find solutions, working with partners that have the capacity to make a real difference at scale. And we help build the larger field of efforts to strengthen democratic societies against the threats of polarization and division.
Fourth of July in America: American Identity Research Project
Drawing from our survey conducted among 2500 Americans in May-June 2022, this report explores key narratives that Americans identify both in their own family history and in the shared American history. Although the Fourth of July evokes stories of national history, we find that personal stories of family history are a more powerful way to break through ‘us versus them’ narratives.
Our 7-country report drawing from a survey of 14,000 people on the impacts of COVID-19 on trust, social cohesion, democracy and expectations for an uncertain future in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
An in-depth analysis of the British public’s attitudes to gender identity and trans equality. Based on polling of more than 5,000 people and 20 focus groups, the report finds that the divisive debate playing out in Westminster and social media is out of sync with the public’s approach to the issue.