WHAT

The Collective Psychology Project is a collaborative inquiry into how psychology and politics can be brought together in new, creative ways that help us to become a Larger Us instead of a Them-and-Us.

From our first phase, from October 2018 to June 2019, we focused on an initial research and scoping phase, including undertaking nearly 200 structured interviews and convening a range of conversations between the worlds of psychology and politics, and pulled our findings together in our report A Larger Us (full report here, summary article here, Twitter thread with the main points here).

Now, we’re moving from ideas to action. As the Covid-19 crisis gathers pace, we’re focusing on four main areas:

Supporting mental health during Covid-19 – as millions of us grapple with loneliness, anxiety, boredom and grief during lockdowns, we need practical tools to help us manage our mental and emotional states. You can read some of our thinking here.

Larger Us campaigning – we’re working with partners in campaigning movements  like Extinction Rebellion and NGOs like Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid and WWF to explore new forms of activism that build bridges rather than deepening divides and that are about healing as much as victory.

Collective grief – just like climate change, Covid-19 presents us with deep challenges about how to grieve for collective loss, and look for the seeds of the new even amid the passing of the old. We’ve got a new report on that here.

Small groups – we’re currently prototyping small, collective self-help groups designed to work on both our states of mind and the state of the world.