In recent years, communities across Western democracies have become increasingly anxious about their economic, cultural and even physical security, stemming in part from the rapid pace of social and technological change. Many have lost trust in institutions and social solidarity is weakening.
Liberal democratic societies are facing systemic threats to their foundational values and institutions. The most glaring evidence of this has been the failure of advanced democracies to respond more effectively to the refugee crisis, and the ensuing impact on global domestic politics and immigration. (To learn more about our analysis of the crisis, click here)
Without a concerted attempt to build closer, more open communities, the threat of populism will cause further divisiveness. If the battle for hearts and minds is lost to authoritarian populists, we will not be able to respond adequately to such profound collective challenges as climate change, inequality, job market disruption, and population ageing.
We are optimistic that with the right approach we can defeat these social fractures and emerge as a more united society.
More in Common was established in 2017.
Our multi-country strategy centres on research-based hubs of expertise that develop and disseminate narratives to show that we have more in common than that which divides us. We currently have hubs in the UK, France and the US.
Our activities include:
- Publishing actionable reports
- Commissioning research
- Leading public awareness campaigns
Our objective across our different streams of work is to counter the appeal of xenophobia and authoritarian populism, and to shift public attitudes from exclusive and anxious to inclusive and tolerant. We will define new ways to reduce the reality of social division by encouraging people from different walks of life to interact.
We work with a wide range of national and international organisations including multilateral organisations, NGOs, governments, media, political parties and faith groups.