The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of citizenship, health, education and the arts.
The Foundation aims to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions. It uses knowledge from the humanities and social sciences to understand human motivation, and draws on academic disciplines, from philosophy to anthropology, to address social challenges.
The Foundation believes in the importance of working in partnership. It uses its resources and financing to forge new alliances which, in turn, attract the resources and financing of other organisations. The Foundation uses these partnerships to empower groups of people to bring about economic and social transformation.
The SHM Foundation actively seeks partnership with those who share its aims.
The Foundation was set up in November 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategic and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.
RECENT PROJECT: Disruption in the Barbican
Inspired by the exhibition ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’, Disruption was a one-off presentation that brought fashion, music and dance together at the Barbican. The performance featured bespoke fashion pieces by young East London designers worn by hip-hop dancers Bluez and Da Bratz, while they performed a brand new piece of original choreography to music composed by experimental group Jetsam.
Disruption was the final production in a three-month project aimed at bringing arts and creative opportunities to communities in East London. The performance was the work of 50 teenagers who worked alongside professionals from the Barbican, the London College of Fashion and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. During a three-month period they learnt skills including fashion design and styling, film and photography and music and choreography. Dazed & Confused and Shiseido provided technical expertise and support to the project which was made possible by the financial support of The SHM Foundation and Sumitomo Corporation Europe Ltd. tp bennet and Overbury designed and built the performance space.