An introduction to Common Sense Champions …

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James Knell
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Every single day, all across the country, people have to make decisions that affect others – at home, in work, and elsewhere across society.

Variety is indeed the spice of life. It would be a very dull existence if we all thought the same things, liked the same stuff, and pursued the same goals in life. Diversity – of thought, word, and deed – is what drives the world forwards and enables progress.

As George Bernard Shaw said: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

However, whilst it is the unreasonable man who pushes things forwards, where possible it’s also important to bring people together and take them with you as decisions are made.

It’s not easy, especially if there are competing opinions as to what the right thing to do is. It’s even harder if you’re making decisions on some of the sensitive and tricky topics that wider society is debating, and where passions are running high.

The Campaign for Common Sense exists to bring together those who want to have a grown up discussion and debate. As part of this, we want to shine a spotlight on those individuals and organisations that are standing up for common sense, and finding ways through heated debates and narrow politicking.

This could take many forms. Maybe they have rejected the divisive ideology of critical race theory, or defended freedom of speech in the workplace. Perhaps they have brought together people from different sides of an issue to build on the common ground. Or they’ve quietly got on and found a more inclusive way of addressing a challenge, contrary to fads and fashions.

Regardless – we know from our work that many, many shining examples of common sense come from all across the country, and all walks of life. In the arts, sport and lots of other areas we can see people standing up for common sense and fair play. They’re focusing on stuff that really matters, often doing so whilst under huge pressure to conform to more politically correct ways of doing things.

So every week, we will be crowning the UK’s Common Sense Champions across all sectors and industries. We’ll examine their decisions, assess their impact,  and explore what the rest of us can learn from their actions in being people back together in these otherwise anxious times.

If you see or hear about a person or organisation that has made a stand for common sense, and done so in a way that is inspirational and that we can learn from, please let us know! Send us some details and we’ll do our best to look further into things, to flag up their work & share the good news.

James Knell

Research Director

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