Plan C: Culture & Cohesion
Stephen Shashoua is founder of Plan C: Culture and Cohesion, working at the intersections of the arts, identity and culture in order to promote better social relations and inclusion. He joined the World Fellows program in fall 2015 after leading the London-based Three Faiths Forum (3FF) for more than 10 years. As director, Stephen led the development of 3FF into one of the UK’s largest and most delivery orientated interfaith and intercultural organizations. Seen as having been central in changing the landscape of work in the field, Stephen built 3FF from a staff of two into a team of 18 to innovate, design, and deliver a wide portfolio of award-winning social cohesion programs that encourage interaction and learning between people of different faiths and beliefs in the UK and internationally. Under Stephen’s direction, 3FF won the 2 Awards for Intercultural Innovation from the UN Alliance of Civilisations (2009 and 2010); the Doha International Interfaith Award (2014); the Shap Award for Excellence in Religious Education (2014) and became the Camden Mayor’s Charity of the Year (2014-15).
With a background in education and a lifetime of understanding cultures, Stephen continues to work towards solutions to tensions between people and communities and promotes interaction, cooperation and learning through his work on the ground, as well as through his writing and lecturing. Stephen is also a co-founder of Iraq in Common, a network of young professionals of Iraqi descent of different faiths. Having moved to the UK from Canada in 2003, Stephen was named one of ‘40 Jews under 40’ making a positive difference to the British Jewish community. He is an Ariane de Rothschild Foundation Fellow, a UNAOC Global Expert, a member of the ROI Community, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Advisor to the InterCultural Forum.