Founded in January 2018, COMMON has rapidly become the leading arts and social justice organisation working nationally to support the UK creative industries to achieve greater intersectional socio-economic diversity and social mobility.
We are a cultural campaigning organisation with a vision of the UK creative industries where the access and inclusion of creatives from diverse, working-class backgrounds is valued, supported and equal.
“There were problems, challenges and impossible hurdles when I was starting out from this kind of background, from a deprived community, but it’s only getting harder for the next generation of ferociously talented artists. I have been so impressed and inspired by the work of COMMON, and wish an organisation like this had existed when I was in my early career.” – James Graham OBE: Olivier Award-Winning Writer and Patron of COMMON (‘QUIZ’, ITV; ‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’, Channel 4).
Our work spans three key areas:
Skill and Career Development: COMMON design and deliver programmes to meaningfully support the skill and career development of creatives from diverse, working-class backgrounds, including writers, designers and directors.
Cultural Consultancy and Campaigning: We provide specialist consultancy to cultural organisations across the UK to identify structural inequalities in their working processes and organisational structures. We also uncover barriers to access, inclusion and engagement for cultural workers and communities from intersectional, working-class backgrounds in their regions. We then work in partnership with these organisations to develop sustainable solutions which dismantle these barriers and inequalities.
Commissioning New Cultural Works: We commission new cultural works, such as theatre productions, short films and literature, with a mission to increase the diverse, complex and positive representations of the working-class in British culture.http://www.cultureofcommon.co.uk
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In our recent Social Mobility Data Masterclass, we explored the importance of collecting data on employee’s socio-economic backgrounds for creating effective diversity and inclusion strategies. You can watch the recording of the Social Mobility Data Masterclass here. We were joined by Andrew Young, Workforce Diversity Lead at the BBC; Cliff Sale, Social Mobility Programme Lead, […]
21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper:
Join us on 21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper: ‘Navigating the labyrinth’ – a comprehensive study on how socio-economic background shapes career #progression within the Civil Service, with key learnings for employers. Sign up to attend here ➡ https://lnkd.in/dUJ46Yr
Led by our Commissioner, Sam Freidman, the report sparks discussion about the unwritten rules to progression. It’s an example of the UK Civil Service taking the lead on #SocialMobility; acknowledging what more needs to be done and showing others how they can follow suit.
At the #LaunchEvent we’ll discuss the findings of the report and what it means for social mobility.
The event will be chaired by Sandra M Wallace, interim Co-Chair, Social Mobility Commission. Joining her on the #panel is:
• Professor Sam Freidman, Social Mobility Commission
• Nik Miller, Bridge Group
• Louise Ashley, Royal Holloway, University of London
• Dr Dave O’Brien, The University of Edinburgh
• Bernadette Kelly, Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom and Social Mobility Champion in the Civil Service
• Alex Thomas, Institute for Government
See you there!
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