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 pulledour 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 – helping catalyse a vibrant field of people working on collective psychology across diverse areas of practice

Place based work – exploring how collective psychology plays out on the ground in real places

Larger Us campaigning – working with NGOs, movements and politicians to imagine what campaigning would look like if it refused to slide into them-and-us mode

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