Phoenix: An Inter-Community Initiative
Phoenix: An Inter-Community Initiative for a New Centre Ground explores the moral, philosophical and practical underpinnings for developing a more robust and confident centre ground capable of marginalising different ideological extremes. Phoenix brings together bloggers, activists, opinion formers and community leaders to sketch out an alternative narrative relating to diversity, social cohesion, our values and norms, and to challenge those polarising narratives prevalent within public discourse today.
Phoenix constructs a programme of work based on three strategic areas of activity: policy work, social action, and debate and public outreach. Phoenix is committed to addressing divisive issues such as gender equality, sexual orientation, and the role of religion, and is also working to develop a unique format and inclusive space for facilitating difficult discussions.
'Phoenix is a group of professionals, thinkers and activists – a multi-coloured group of a variety of religious, non-religious and ideational backgrounds. We happily disagree on most things but we do agree that we want to engage in a ‘new conversation’ around issues such as diversity, identity and solidarity. We do not feel that diversity necessarily erodes solidarity. The human spirit can find ways of embracing the reality of diversity and at the same time nurturing strong, cohesive and coherent societies'.
Nothing Holy About Hatred: In June 2012, members of the Phoenix network, along with other supporters and partners, came together to talk about the vitally important issue of homophobia, and the pain it causes within our communities. Shocked by some of the statistics about homophobic hate crime, and supported by an ISD project looking at using social media to tackle intolerance, this campaign was launched to bring together people of all faiths and beliefs, from all denominations, who believe that hatred and homophobia have no place within society. Click here to learn more. This project is part of the '2012 Hours Against Hate' campaign. Click here to learn more.
Happy Christmas 4 All: Every year in the UK, our attention is drawn to stories in the popular media proclaiming that some local authority is attempting to ‘ban Christmas’ due to ‘political correctness’. This campaign, conducted in December 2011, aimed to demonstrate the diversity of non-Christian support and respect for Christmas, as an important part of the cultural landscape of the nation, and to surprise the wider public by debunking myths and assumptions that are widely held regarding some religious and ethnic minority groups. The campaign was mainly social media led, but also promoted real work on the ground – encouraging people to engage in charitable work such as helping out at soup kitchens, or visiting neighbours that may be lonely during the festive season.The campaign achieved huge success on Facebook, gaining well over one thousand members and garnering extensive media coverage across the UK. The Happy Christmas 4ALL Campaign was featured in the Guardian on Christmas Eve. You can still click here to show your support via Facebook.
Phoenix Inter-Community Action Network: Dialogue Session
ISD, Three Faiths Forum and the British Council
27 March 2012
CEDAR and Phoenix Networks Media Training
Held in cooperation with the US Media Hub
4 - 5 May 2011
Phoenix Intercommunity Action Network
1 April 2011
An Inter-Community Initiative for a New Centre Ground
Phoenix Initiative Brainstorming Meeting
28 - 29 October 2010