Toward Belonging

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The purpose of the Toward Belonging initiative is to connect work across geographies and disciplines that can mount a challenge to rising authoritarianism, widening inequality, and politics based on hate, exclusion, and division. Extreme dynamics presented by the covid19 pandemic and the continued shift in geopolitics across the world call for renewed and strengthened connection of our movements, policies, and strategies in order to build more resilient global solidarity, underpinned by a shared belief in inclusion and care. We believe that the lens of “othering and belonging" is a powerful framework to help shape the story of the next decade—a story where we together create the future we want to inhabit, where we reject a politics based on "us vs. them," and where we work together to build a new "we."

Toward Belonging is a new partnership initiative anchored by the Othering & Belonging Institute who are working with a core set of European partners, including More in CommonCounterpointSciences Po University Paris, and Queen Mary University of London, along with a  growing network of practitioners across the civil society, government, private, and arts and culture sectors in the European region. If your organization is interested in joining the Toward Belonging network, please contact us

Toward Belonging is rolling out a set of activities that are designed to illustrate and elevate ideas and practices from a wide range of scholars, social change actors, artists, youth leaders, grantmakers, civil society leaders, and policymakers. Activities in 2020/21 include: 

  • A series of digital dialogues 
  • A set of commissioned papers on dynamics in the European region—for more details, see our Call for Papers. Deadline for submitting paper abstracts is December 31, 2020
  • A focus on arts and cultural strategy with social change actors and artists in the European region. O&B Institute Senior Fellow Mina Girgis, an ethnomusicologist and co-founder of The Nile Project, is leading this effort, which will include awarding our first European Artist in Residence in 2021.

If you are interested in learning more about Toward Belonging, please contact Rachelle Galloway-Popotas