Toward Belonging

About the program 

Toward Belonging is a partnership initiative between the Othering & Belonging Institute, a core set of European partners, including More in CommonCounterpointSciences Po University Paris, and Queen Mary University of London, and a growing network of allies across the social change, civil society, and arts and culture sectors. 

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. The covid19 pandemic has exacerbated all of these dynamics while also offering a new set of threats, while the global demonstrations against the centuries-old pandemic of racism—triggered by the police killings in the US of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many more—opens up possibilities for new responses and orientations of our movements, policies, and strategies that build long-term and sustainable global solidarity toward belonging. 

In a world undergoing a period of rapid transition and new formations, we anticipate there will be a fight to rewrite the story of what comes next. We believe that the lens of “othering and belonging" can be a powerful framework to help shape the story of the next decade—a story based on belonging , where we together create the future we want to inhabit and where no person, nor the earth itself, is left outside the circle of our concern.

Activities

Toward Belonging includes a series of monthly dialogues, a set of commissioned papers (see our Call for Papers), a focused arts and cultural strategy, and a network approach to the social change sector in the European region.  Co-created activities will illustrate and elevate ideas and practices from a wide range of scholars, social change actors, artists, youth leaders, grantmakers, civil society leaders, and policymakers, for work that moves us toward a shared story of the possibility of belonging. Click to see our events.

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