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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mobilizing a Movement: More in Common

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Session Description

For many of us, the world feels upside down. Fault lines appear to be deepening and widening, between countries and within the communities we call home. How will we stop working against each other and begin to come together? “We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than that which divides us,” said the late MP Jo Cox. In this workshop, we’ll collaborate to identify scalable solutions for more inclusive societies that look past our differences and embrace our common humanity.

When | Where

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Wednesday, April 5 Classroom 2 (WW)



Session leaders

  • Gemma Mortensen Facilitator
    Co-Founder, More In Common
    Gemma has worked in the media, for government, international organisations, non-profits and within the tech sector; all in a life-long quest to learn the skills needed to bend the arc of power, wherever it resides, towards the public interest and the least advantaged. She is abandoning sunny California, where she served as’s first Chief Global Officer overseeing teams in 17 countries, to return home to contribute to More in Common. She is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Platforms and Systems, a board member of Intelligence Squared and co-founder of The Syria Campaign (with Tim Dixon). She was previously Executive Director of Crisis Action from 2008 to 2015 and received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. CNN named her as one of their inspirational women for 2014 and she became a Yale World Fellow in 2015. She believes we are experiencing an unprecedented rate of change that will only intensify.
  • Tim Dixon Facilitator
    Co-founder, Purpose Europe, Purpose
    Tim Dixon is the co-founder and managing director of Purpose Europe, based in London. Since 2015 he and Brendan Cox have been building an ambitious new initiative focused on changing hearts and minds in Europe and globally around the refugee crisis through opinion research, message development, popular movement-building and campaigning to reach mainstream audiences to counter the rising tide of xenophobia and nativism. The first initiative they have co-founded is More In Common, a grassroots community-building movement in the UK. Purpose is a home for building movements that harness technology to engage large numbers of people and help make progress on major global problems. Tim has led projects in more than 20 countries since joining Purpose’s New York office in 2011, including projects as diverse as the Syrian crisis, modern-day slavery, gun control and economic reform. In 2014 he co-founded The Syria Campaign, a leading advocacy organisation for Syrians. Before joining Purpose, Tim worked for two Australian Prime Ministers as senior economic adviser and chief speechwriter between 2007 and 2010. He has a professional background as an economist and as an attorney at global law firm Baker & McKenzie. He is the co-author of the two best-selling economics textbooks in Australia, where he grew up, and the founder of Leading Edge Education, a publishing business acquired by Pearson in 2004.