Increasing understanding and empathy amongst diverse groups of people

The Challenge

We live in increasingly divided communities where the perceived differences between groups with different backgrounds often outweighs what they actually have in common. This often leads to segregated groups of people with strong differing viewpoints and little empathy for others.

The Solution

Local story-sharing events where participants join the dots of what they have in common. Community facilitators use a ready-to-go kit to run events with diverse groups of local people.

“It is easy to facilitate yet it is very meaningful. It connects you with people in your community. I could really see it working in lots of different environments.”

Andrea, Partner of Historypin’s Storybox

So far…

  • Concept and early prototypes tested across 20+ locations in the UK and USA
  • 300+ participants engaged to date
  • Pilot underway in the USA, engaging 15 library-facilitators across four states



Cultural Heritage and Social Change Summit: One Year On

This report summarizes some of the core findings of the Cultural Heritage and Social Change Summit–themes that have also arisen in many other cultural heritage conferences and meetings over the past year:

  • Safe Space for Disruptive Dialogue
  • Funding for Transformative Gatherings
  • Equitable and Ethical Collaboration
  • Diversifying Technology Production in Cultural Heritage Spaces
  • Integrating Community Archives Into Traditional Cultural Heritage Spaces
  • Social Innovation and Rethinking Goals and Objectives in the Cultural Heritage Sector

Jon Voss

Connecting Well

David Robinson is Shift’s founder and a community worker in east London. He is currently exploring new work on social isolation at the Marshall Institute. This is the first in a series of blogs.




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