Poles Apart: Why People Turn Against Each Other, and How to Bring Them Together
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Why do people become divided? What steps can we all take to reduce hostility and bring about understanding?
Join us for a live webinar with the creators of the acclaimed Changed My Mind podcast as we find out why people turn against each other, and how to bring them together …
We humans are social animals, naturally driven to form close-knit groups. All too often, though, these groups become partisan. They start to compete with one another. They become mutually hostile. Why does this happen? And what can be done to counter the tendency?
At this special Conduit webinar we unite an expert on polarisation, a behavioural scientist and a professional communicator to explain why we are so prone to be drawn into rival, often deeply antagonistic factions.
Drawing on research from their book Poles Apart: Why People Turn Against Each Other, and How to Bring Them Together they will pinpoint the economic and political triggers that tip people from healthy disagreement to dangerous hostility, and the part played by social media in spreading entrenched opinions.
By meticulously showing how and why polarisation affects every part of our lives -influencing everything from our friendship circles to our approach to health issues – they will illustrate the practical and effective steps we can all take to narrow divisions, build respect for others, and create a greater degree of common understanding.
Reviews of Poles Part:
“Asks the best question I have ever heard. And, critically, offers solutions. A must read.” – Rory Sutherland, vice-chairman of Ogilvy UK.
“A fascinating and thought-provoking analysis of the divisions between us, how we bridge them, how we reshape the world – and ourselves too. Essential reading.” – Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News
“A fascinating read, which will help anyone who wants to step out of the polarisation cycle and become part of the solution.” – Jonathan Haidt, NYU-Stern School of Business, author of The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis
“All my life I have been an impassioned advocate of technology. I believed it could connect the whole world, which it has largely done. What I and many others failed to see, was how those connections would then be used to divide and polarise us – for commercial and political gain. This is endangering our social institutions and democracy on which our dreams were based. It turns our own lives and sometimes, families, to the poles – into warzones. This is a pivotal moment for this book to be written, read and understood.” – Peter Gabriel, musician
Ali Goldsworthy: Ali Goldsworthy has spent over 20 years active in politics and campaigning. A former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats, she led the team that built the fastest growing campaigning organisation in the UK. In 2017 she was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford, creating its first depolarisation course and claiming numerous awards for her work. Ali has written for the Telegraph, Independent, New Statesman and Financial Times.
Laura Osborne:Laura Osborne is a professional communicator and change maker, with a background in public affairs and government communications. Currently Managing Director and a spokesperson at London First, the voice of London’s largest businesses, she was the UK Consumer Association’s first Head of Corporate Affairs, working with some of the UK’s biggest corporates to directly intervene to improve the banking, energy and telecoms markets for consumers.
Alex Chesterfield:Alex Chesterfield is a behavioural scientist with a Masters in Cognitive & Decision Science. She currently works in financial services, leading a team of psychologists to encourage consumers to make better decisions and drive ethical business cultures. For four years, she was an elected Councillor in Guildford for the Conservative Party and has personally experienced the effects of affective polarisation, both in and out of the workplace.
Sharath Jeevan is one of the world’s leading experts on reigniting our inner drive (intrinsic motivation). He founded and led STIR Education – arguably the world’s largest intrinsic motivation initiative. STIR has reignited the motivation of 200,000 teachers, 35,000 schools and 7 million children in emerging countries. Sharath is currently the Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs, which supports organizations all around the world to solve deep motivational challenges, from governments to leading UK universities and high-profile corporations. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, NPR, CNN, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India.
We all know that laughter is the best form of medicine. Cocktails help too. So, if you’re partial to either, you really don’t want to miss The Conduit’s Comedy Night – Laugh it Off!
The event will slip seamlessly into a live DJ set. With our cracking cocktails and move-busting beats, let’s make a night of it!
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Nouriel Roubini was dubbed ‘Dr Doom’ when he predicted the 2008 crash. In conversation with Paul van Zyl, the former White House economic advisor will share a frightening glimpse into the world’s future.
Today, we are heading towards a Great Stagflation that will make the 1970s look moderate. There is a slight chance we can avoid it if we come to our senses – but we must act now.
Nouriel Roubini joins us to reveal threats to our collective future ‘as scary as they are plausible’ (Martin Wolf).
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Athina Gordon creates books that empower children by celebrating the things that make them different. Her debut storybook, Just Like You, teaches little ones to understand the beauty of equality, and her colouring book allows young children to express themselves and appreciate different cultures.
Join us for a storytelling session with Athina, followed by a workshop for kids to explore different cultures and the diversity of Christmas celebrations across the world. We will also be making Christmas cards that represent those cultures we explored, or the children have the opportunity to make Christmas cards based on their own culture using arts and crafts.
What’s the purpose of charity and philanthropy in Britain today? And who does it really serve?
Join us for a frank conversation with Derek Bardowell around his acclaimed new book, Giving Back: How to Do Good, Better, as we investigate the relevance of charity and philanthropy, its foundations in power and control, and how we can ensure it doesn’t exclude radical, transformative and minoritised expertise.
Moderated by Conduit Impact Champion Lily Lewis, the session will explore how we can reimagine charity and philanthropy in the broadest sense and its potential as a catalyst for reparations.
“Solidarity is not an act of charity, but mutual aid between forces fighting for the same objective.” - Samora Machel
Calling all Eggheads and Masterminds, introducing The Conduit Quiz Night! Round up your smartest friends, summon the spirit of Jeremy Paxman and get ready for a trial by trivia. The winning team will be rewarded with a round of drinks on the house, as well as getting to decide which charity will receive the night’s proceeds.
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In 2020, the murder of George Floyd was a catalyst for the five Sports Councils responsible for investing in and growing sport across the UK, to come together to explore racial inequalities in sport.
Their findings were clear - racism is prevalent in UK sport, as it is internationally.
Against the backdrop of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and upcoming parliamentary hearings on racism in cricket, join us as we explore the ongoing reality of discrimination in sport and the most effective strategies for tackling it – legally, societally and systemically.
Presented in partnership with DLA Piper and in collaboration with Show Racism the Red Card and On Front Line.
More speakers to be confirmed.
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We are excited to be hosting the On Purpose Winter Party at The Conduit. On Purpose is one of the largest social impact networks in London, made up of talented people who, through their one year selective Associate Programme, are trained to lead change in the world.
Organised by some of On Purpose's current Associates, the event will be an opportunity to connect with people from across their community and hear from Tom Rippin, On Purpose Founder & CEO on how you build a successful, social enterprise from scratch and the fundamental transformation he believes our economy needs to go through.
Christmas in a candle… Join us for a seasonal dive into the world of candle making and immerse yourself in the feel good fragrances of the festive season. From the warmth of orange, cinnamon and tonka bean, to the grounding nature of cedarwood and frankincense, we will learn all about the different fragrance families and the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils. You will learn the techniques and tricks to making your own candle and discover the calming and relaxing rewards of immersing yourself in this sensory experience. Expect a natural calming effect and a beautiful candle to come away with.
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Join our Impact Champion for Accessibility, Victoria Jenkins, Founder & CEO, Unhidden, and Stephen Iliffe, photographer and artist behind the Deaf Mosaic exhibition, for a Member Mix-Up around the theme of Accessibility.
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