Cumberland Lodge Scholar speaking at a conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park

At Cumberland Lodge we have a unique way of empowering people to tackle the causes and effects of social division.

We actively embrace 'difficult conversations' and we bring an intergenerational, multi-sector and ethical dimension to all aspects of our work.

We convene leaders and influencers, students, practitioners and young people, to facilitate candid conversations, involving the open exchanging of views and mutual learning.

This helps us to:

  • Inspire and connect leaders and people of influence to build networks across sectors and academic disciplines, and to explore practical opportunities for positive social change

  • Support and equip students and young people with the skills and motivation to promote more peaceful, open and inclusive societies in their life and work.

Inclusive environment

We are renowned for facilitating an inclusive and reflective environment for candid conversations. This encourages people to 'disagree well', by openly exchanging their views, respecting difference, and actively listening to others.

We ask participants to follow the Chatham House Rule if we feel it will enhance the open exchange of views, but as far as possible we seek to share the content and outputs from the conversations we convene with the wider public.

Attendance at some of our events is by invitation only, because physical space is limited and we need to ensure a balanced and diverse representation of backgrounds and perspectives.

This diversity is important for enhancing the quality of dialogue and debate, but we warmly welcome all enquiries about attending.

International student conference delegates in a break-out session at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park

Informing public opinion and policy action

We commission freelance Research Associates to carry out cross-sector and interdisciplinary research ahead of our conferences, to inform our discussions.

Key learning points and recommendations from these conferences are then critiqued and refined at evening Consultations held at Cumberland Lodge, involving conference representatives and a range of other people with significant experience in the field.

This process informs our final Cumberland Lodge Reports, which present fresh insights into best practice and practical recommendations for positive change. These reports are launched in central London, to an invited audience of contributors, media representatives, policymakers and parliamentarians, and practitioners.

We also share our research, reports, and other audio-visual resources, through our Reports & Publications webpages, the national media, and through our e-newsletters and social media channels.

Leaders and influencers at a Cumberland Lodge conference