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 

NYT | The Brooklyn Navy Yard Has Become a Lab for Planet-Saving Tech

Pull City | Our  place-based community engagement platform

Brooklyn Pull  | Join our pilot in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Deadline | The Inspiring True Story Of The All-Girls Robotics Team From Afghanistan

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

Design Milk | How Haiti Continues Its Artisanal Traditions Despite Difficult Times

NYC Gov | The backbone of our Urban Ecosystem

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

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