About the SHM Foundation

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health 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 strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

Learning and Citizenship

We believe that the best way of responding to social and political challenges is to get people to take a lead.

We aim to equip people to understand and tackle the issues they care about.

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We believe that people who are affected by health conditions should have the right and the means to take part in the development of solutions.

We pioneer approaches that change the balance of power between citizens and healthcare systems.

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We believe that great art should be for everyone and should be an integral part of how we learn.

We look for new ways of ensuring everyone gets the benefit of both participating in and experiencing excellent artistic experiences.

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Our most recent projects

The Icon of Freedom festival was a 5-day festival that took place from the 11th to 15th of November 2015 that included literature, design, art, photography, fashion, film and Mexican gastronomy. Read more...

Educate & Celebrate: Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools in the UK.Read more...

Project Khuluma: A mobile phone support group initiative to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Read more...

The premiere of Snapshot Songs, a song-cycle for 21st-century London, commissioned by The SHM Foundation and composed by Stuart Hancock in collaboration with Londoners.Read more...

LOOP was set up by the SHM Foundation, as a part of our wider strategy to promote active citizenship among young people in Britain. LOOP was developed in partnership with a group of colleges and sixth forms. Read more...

Meet the team

Professor Maurice Biriotti

Professor Maurice Biriotti is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation and CEO of SHM Productions. Until 1996, Professor Biriotti was a full-time academic, holding posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. Find out more.

Professor Henrietta Moore

Professor Henrietta Moore is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation. Professor Moore is Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions. She is a distinguished anthropologist. Find out more.

Anna Kydd

Anna is Director of The SHM Foundation. She co-founded one of the Foundation's first projects - Zumbido, in the state of Jalisco in Mexico - which developed support networks for those living with HIV/AIDS. Find out more.

Zuzana Figerova

Zuzana Figerova is Head of Development at The SHM Foundation. She has considerable experience managing complex projects both in the non-for-profit sector and in... Find out more.

Victoria Marks

Vicki started working with the SHM Foundation in 2014 to provide creative and event management support for Snapshot Songs that was an ambitious new performance celebrating London's zeitgeist.
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Mariana Lorenzano

Mariana began working with The SHM Foundation in 2014 as a volunteer facilitator running creative sessions with the SHM Foundation Youth Commission in Leicester and Brighton... Find out more.

Get involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with the SHM Foundation’s activities


If you would like to make a donation to one of our projects, please click here.


Every year we have a number of voluntary placements and internships, if you are interested to find out more please e-mail us on info@shmfoundation.org.


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Latest News

Composer Profile – Stuart Hancock


Stuart Hancock studied at Downing College, Cambridge and at the London College of Music, where he graduated with distinction from the Masters course in Composing for Film and TV.   In 1999, he was hired as an in-house composer with music production company Mcasso, where he wrote and produced music for all commercial media… Read More

“Icon of Freedom”: El impacto de Sor Juana Inés en Europa


Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz no solo es una figura fundamental en la historia de la literatura —particularmente en la poesía— mexicana. Sino que también es todo un personaje de la libertad, pues en un tiempo en el que las mujeres tenían derechos nulos para obtener educación y muchas otras libertades, Sor Juana Inés fue una mujer célebre por su lucha por la libertad intelectual y espiritual.

En un país donde las mujeres no tenían derecho de acceder al estudio y después de vérsele coartada la posibilidad de vestirse de hombre y así asistir a clases, fue que decidió convertirse en monja y, de esa forma, tener el conocimiento que tanto anhelaba, a la mano. Ella es en México y toda Latinoamérica un ícono intelectual y literaria, sin embargo, en Europa aun les falta conocerla en su totalidad. Full Story

Sor Juana: An Icon of Freedom

Sor Juana by Malik Kydd


Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, 1651?-95) exerted a powerful seductive force during her life and continues to do so today. She speaks to us across the centuries as a woman who was driven by the desire to follow her greatest inclination, learning and the study of letters. For many years, she found the place to do so in the convent of the Order of Saint Jerome in Mexico City, which she entered in 1669, and where she sought to persuade the hierarchy of the Church that following her God-given inclinations was a devout act of belief and fulfillment. She believed with every fibre of her being in the right of women to a life of the mind, and for many years broadcast this belief across this Spanish-speaking world from her convent cell. Early editions of her poetry… Read More

Tackling HBT Bullying in Schools

Educate & Celebrate wins funds to tackle HBT Bullying

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Elly Barnes
Schools, students, parents and head teachers that have received training and resources from Educate & Celebrate are in agreement that it has a winning formula when it comes to making schools LGBT+Friendly. The charity will soon be extending its successful programme to a greater number of schools across the UK as it has been awarded funding from a £2 million government fund designed to help schools tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying.

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, expressed her delight at the award:

‘The £214k we have been awarded for 2015 means we can do more of what we do best – advocate inclusivity and make schools LGBT+Friendly! Surveys repeatedly show that staff and students in schools face completely unacceptable levels of LGBT+Phobia and I am therefore pleased that the government has ring-fenced funds to address this. Our winning proposal will engage all staff, students, parents and governors in the change process by embedding good practice in both the primary and secondary school curriculum, as well as in the wider community. (more…)

About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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