Our shared humanity - a common human rights story

To visualise a common human rights story, this guide draws on what George Lakoff calls the progressive worldview: “empathy, responsibility [to care for each other], and hope”, and adds one more: shared humanity. In highlighting “uniting” narratives, the Public Interest Research Centre has written that a positive understanding of human nature has the potential to encourage higher levels of trust in others and greater motivation to help and cooperate with one another.

A shared humanity worldview is built on some core ideas:

Human nature is to work together – we are social animals who thrive when we cooperate. Humans can find common cause in working together for humanity, in standing up for other people, anywhere in the world, simply because they are human.

These are three narratives human rights actors can use to frame their communications on different issues.

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