Common Cause Foundation

Type of organization: 
Research center

A large body of evidence shows that values are of central importance in leading people to express concern about social and environmental issues – whether this concern is expressed by changing aspects of day-to-day behaviour, by becoming politically involved, or by volunteering.

A common set of values, which we call compassionate values, underpin such social and environmental concern. Everyone holds these values to some extent – indeed the majority of people privilege these values above all others. Strengthening and giving voice to these values will help to create responses to a wide range of social and environmental challenges – from climate change to social exclusion. Indeed, it is difficult to foresee long-lasting and adequate responses to some of today’s most pressing challenges emerging without working to promote these values.

Common Cause is a network of people working to rebalance cultural values, creating a more equitable, sustainable and democratic society. Our work, drawing on extensive collaboration with some of the world’s leading social psychologists, is establishing key principles and insights to achieve this.