About Us

Uncommon Union (UU) offers a combination of technology and communications services for clients working on global issues. Our methodology advances long-term systemic change through the promotion of common goals, as defined by affected communities. Our process brings together diverse stakeholders, including leaders from government, business, philanthropy, civil society and the media. We represent a new standard of technology and communications, derived from our long experience working with complex communities.

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 is 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 

NYC Gov  The backbone of our Urban Ecosystem

Brooklyn Navy Yard
"Wartime Production: The Can-Do Yard"

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”  

“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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