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.How We Make A Difference
Destin Commun (More in Common France) published a report on how on how people in France perceive the environment. We find that (68%) see the environmental as an issue that can bring people together across lines of divisions. There is no significant eco-sceptic segment in France. Three out of four people think a transition to a greener economy is an opportunity to create new jobs - reaching a majority in all segments. Concern for the environment cuts across age, education and employment levels. We also find that the environmental movement needs to be more open and inclusive.
In January, More in Common helped bring together experts from across Europe and the United States to share their insights on the crisis of othering and the loss of belonging in western societies. The symposium was the first in a partnership with the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California (Berkeley), the Global Policy Institute at Queen Mary University of London and the Sciences Po Law School. Held at Sciences Po in Paris, the meeting discussed how the concepts of ‘othering’ and ‘belonging’ translate to countries in Europe and provided a first opportunity for an exchange of views among people in a wide range of role in differing contexts, all of whom are wrestling with how to understand and respond to deepening social fractures. Check out our recap of the Paris event in the video below
This report presents findings from a uniquely wide-ranging survey of French society and democracy. It was conducted in partnership with Kantar on a national representative sample of 6,000 people in March and December 2019 as well as twelve focus groups all over France. It provides fresh insights into the deep-seated fractures that exist within French society – and also points towards opportunities for healing those divisions. Our methodology suggests that the fragmentation of French society can be explained by looking at profoundly held core beliefs and value systems.
Where do we stand as a society in Germany and where are we going? We wanted to find out and in 2019 surveyed over 4,000 people. Our results offer a different perspective on German society and thereby facilitate new approaches to social cohesion.dieandereteilung.de
Collaborations that make a difference. From understanding what can bring America back together to the creation of an annual community street party.See what we can do