Culture and the Return to Civility

17:45 – 19:00
October 12

The world is at a crossroads and we might witness the dissolution of civility and social cohesion: the impending disaster of Brexit, the rise of xenophobia, the increasing support for right-wing populist parties, the spectre of global jihad, the accelerated impacts of climate change, and the looming revival of an arms race that threatens the very existence of humanity. Herein lies the challenge: can humanity chart a course that can address and eventually reverse these and other challenges and dangers, and return to a world of civility?

Among the questions to be addressed:

  • What is authentic dialogue in practice? What are some ways authentic and meaningful dialogue can be applied to local, regional, national, and international meetings and initiatives?
  • What aspects of the existing world order should/can be retained?
  • What groups or institutions should take the lead in developing policies and initiatives that can foster a more ‘civil world’?
  • What is the role of the global digital space (or digital public sphere) in promoting harmony and social cohesion?