About Us

Uncommon Union (UU) provides technology and communication services for clients working in the areas of economic development, international justice, and human rights. UU works closely with complex and transitional communities in bringing together diverse stakeholders to advance long-term systemic change.

UU has received recognition for initiatives serving Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, high-level communications related to the Colombian peace negotiations, and the development of technologies for evidence-gathering in war zones to support terror victims. Most recently, UU has been building community-focused distributed manufacturing models in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Uncommon Union is located at New Lab in New York’s historic Brooklyn Navy Yard.  

Our History

Uncommon Union evolved from an interactive firm founded in 2004 by Paul Rene Johnson and Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown. In our first year of operation, we functioned as an independent laboratory that worked with agencies and cultural institutions. Read more > 

News Highlights 

Brooklyn Pull  | Join our pilot in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

The Guardian | ‘Women’s bodies weaponized’: Haiti gangs use rape in spiraling violence

NYC Gov | The backbone of our Urban Ecosystem

Reuters | At U.N., emotional appeals for world leaders to protect Afghan girls' education

Boston Globe  | “Under new leader, King Boston embraces a bolder vision”

New York Times  | "Years After a Massacre, Yazidis Finally Bury Their Loved Ones"

Wilson Center  | “Advancing Women’s Rights During Afghanistan's Negotiations: A Discussion”  

BBC  | “100 Women 2020: Who is on the list this year?” 

Foreign Policy  | “A High Level Digital Summit: Women in Global Health Security”

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