Round-table #2. “The Role of Private Sector and Foundations in Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and Multipolarity”
We live in a multipolar world. The resolution of the most pressing issues – global warming, poverty, hunger, mass migration, and religious extremism – will undoubtedly require cooperation between global powers.
Governments and private organisations must now adapt their strategies to account for this new distribution of power and engage in open, respectful, and equitable dialogue with international stakeholders and partners – including those they disagree with.
Our aim is to identify dialogue-based strategies used by private organisations to deliver successful commercial and humanitarian projects, and discuss how these could be used to guide governments and policy-makers.
Participants will share their experiences of operating in a multipolar world and the role of authentic dialogue in delivering multilateral projects. We will then draw out common themes and address the advantages and challenges of governments adopting such strategies. Lastly, we will identify ways that the private sector and civil society can help facilitate constructive dialogue between governments and stakeholders around the world.
The roundtable will be co-moderated by Jean-Christophe Bas, CEO of DOC Research Institute and Scherto Gill, Executive Secretary and Senior Researcher at The Guerrand-Hermes Foundation.
The outputs of the roundtable will be shared in The Rhodes Forum Digest publication, and via DOC TV, Dialogue of Civilization’s YouTube channel.
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BAS, CEO, DOC Research Institute
SHERTO GILL, Senior Research Fellow and Executive Secretary, Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace