More in Common UK

The United Kingdom feels more divided than at any time in living memory. After years in which national debates have centered on the differences between ‘Leavers’ and ‘Remainers’, culture and politics are being redefined around these fault lines and trust in the country’s social and political institutions has been shattered. As opposing sides harden their positions, the public debate has lost sight of the insight championed by Jo Cox and from which our organization takes its name: that we have far more in common than divides us.

Our current work

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More in Common has embarked upon a major research project to help identify what can bring us together and bridge the fault lines in our society as the UK enters the 2020s. This project will inform our future strategy, and is intended to inform and guide the strategies of others undertaking similar work. Based on our current assumptions around external circumstances, we anticipate launching an initial major report in the autumn of 2020.

This 2020s United Kingdom project has begun with a number of expert interviews and community-based conversations throughout the UK, which are intended to help guide the project and identify key propositions to test in both our quantitative and qualitative phases.

Leaders in many civil society organizations and public and private institutions across Britain are troubled by the country’s widening divisions, yet unsure about what role they can play in bridging divides and preparing for the UK’s future. This project aims to help provide insights and guidance to address this question, and this will be a focus of our work after the release of the major report in the autumn of 2020.

In addition to this project, we recently began a partnership with The Roots, a British social start-up organization that is building bridges through a series of cultural exchanges between people of differing political and economic backgrounds across the United Kingdom. We are working with The Roots to conduct research around the community exchanges, while also engaging with their local networks as part of the series of community conversations mentioned above. 

Learn more about More in Common's other initiatives across Europe and America

Our Initiatives
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This work builds on our on-the-ground experience in working with the Jo Cox Foundation to create the Great Get Together in 2017, and then make it an annual national moment under the Foundation’s auspices. The Great Get Together brings together thousands of communities across the UK in self-organized community events. These unifying moments provide a powerful counter to stories of how the UK has become an increasingly divided and disconnected society.

More in Common UK is a non-profit Company Limited by Guarantee, with a team based in London.