David Robinson is co-chair of our board and founded We Are What We Do, the social movement inspiring people to use their everyday actions to affect social change, from which Shift evolved as an independent organisation.
David was an early advocate of using behavioural insights as a tool for tackling social issues and was a social innovator before the term became widely used. Whilst Shift has gradually adapted its approach to become a very different kind of organisation to We Are What We Do, David’s ambition to drive mass behaviour change and create solutions that appeal to their users remains, like David himself, at the heart of our work.
David is a community worker and the community development lead on our Relationships Project. He has founded and led several other organisations including Community Links, the Children’s Discovery Centre and Changing London. He led the Prime Minister’s Council on Social Action for Gordon Brown and the original London Advisory Board for what is now the National Lottery Community fund. His policy work has been recognised with an honorary doctorate from the Open University and he was the first Practitioner in Residence at the LSE’s Marshall Institute. David is an Ashoka Senior Fellow and was once described by the Guardian as “the godfather of the community sector, equally admired on the left and right”.
March 10, 2021
A field guide from the Relationships Project, presenting five ‘types’ of Covid volunteers and key considerations for supporting them to carry on caring.
March 8, 2021
Reflecting on what we’ve learnt from one year of Covid, this report makes the case for reflection and recuperation, and then for building energetically on the many positives from this period.
December 18, 2020
Drawing together our learning from a twelve week peer learning programme with a cohort of community businesses committed to building better relationships.
July 7, 2020
Bringing together learning from 50+ contributors after 100 days of lockdown, this report explores how we can build back better post-Covid, with stronger connections and relationships.
March 13, 2020
A report from the Relationships Project unearths learning for cities the world over.
February 2, 2020
A collection of inspiring examples of relationship-centred practice from across the UK.
October 9, 2018
How relationships change the world and where to go with what we know. Film of lecture by David Robinson.
Changing London will help to change lives
The Guardian, November 2013