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).

We’re now getting underway on the next phase of our work – which is about moving from ideas to action. We’ll be focusing on four main areas:

Field building –  where we want to help catalyse a vibrant field of people working on collective psychology across diverse areas of practice, from education to social care and from politics to philanthropy.

Place based work – where we’re starting to explore how collective psychology can be applied on the ground in real communities, starting with prototype work in Yorkshire, where we’re based.

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

The psychology of climate change – where we’re exploring how psychology can help to open political space for radical action on climate change, especially through focusing on often suppressed collective emotions like anxiety and grief.