Since its creation ten years ago, Counterpoint has made a number of key contributions to the study and debates around populist politics, both in Europe and further afield. We pulled them together here in one place.
Singapore has one of the world's most diverse populations. An open economy based on talent and mobility means that the arrivals of new citizens and an increased presence of foreigners creates pressures for integration and the management of social cohesion. In a society that has long prided itself on the successful management of its diversity (ethnic, religious, socio-economic), new and powerful potential social divides needed to be examined and understood as they had the potential to impact on social cohesion and resilience.
Bonne Année is the result of a two-year research project supported by the Open Society Initiative for Europe. It focuses on the interactions and relationships between eight host communities and various groups of newcomers in Sweden, France, Germany and Italy.
We helped our client resolve problems with some of their most important stakeholders in government, the media and local communities. And provided them with a deep understanding of their issues and a fresh perspective on how to address them.
Our client wanted a more textured understanding of how food consumption was changing in Europe: were we witnessing a deep transformation or a passing phenomenon? The aim of the research was to pinpoint changes in behaviour, changing relationships to nature, and to food production.
Our government client struggled to understand how the French public's relationship to the state and the public sector had changed. What deep cultural, social and political dynamics did they need to access in order to be a legitimate and credible partner?
Human rights organisations were finding it increasingly difficult to engage people in fighting for and defending human rights. They could not understand why their messages were no longer effective. We helped them reframe their messages to build more compelling narratives and reengage their supporters.