What lies at the root of our divided nation?
We talk with journalist and author, David Goodhart, about how decades of greater economic and cultural openness in the West have not benefited all of society, and what can be done to heal the divides that have been revealed so starkly through Brexit and Covid-19.
This is an online event: You will receive the zoom link 2 hours before the start time.
Outside the Echo Chamber is a collaboration between RSM* and St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace. The aim is to bring you into contact with high quality speakers from a range of sectors who you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to meet.
In our second series ‘Reimagining Britain in a Changing World’ we will be asking questions to some of the main challenges the country faces in a world beset by social, economic and environmental issues.
In our opening talk, including Q&A, we welcome David Goodhart. We will be discussing the causes of widening socioeconomic inequality and political polarisation, how the future will be impacted by Covid-19, AI and automation (to name a few), and what we can do about it.
David Goodhart is a journalist, author and think tanker—currently head of the demography unit at the Policy Exchange think tank. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine and the former director of the centre-left think tank Demos.
His 2013 book “The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration” was runner up for the Orwell book prize. In his last book published in 2017 (a Sunday Times bestseller) The Road to Somewhere: The New Tribes Shaping British Politics, Goodhart identified the value divisions in British society that help to explain the Brexit vote and the rise of populism.
His latest book, just published, Head, Hand, Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century argues that many of the modern world’s troubles arise from allocating too much reward and status to just one form of human aptitude: cognitive ability.
Following the session with David, the series continues on 07th April with Sir Richard Stagg, former Ambassador to India and Bulgaria, and High Commissioner to Afghanistan. Richard will be speaking on Britain’s relationship with India and how the emerging superpower will influence the global landscape in the 21st century.
* RSM are the corporate sponsors of Outside the Echo Chamber series. RSM is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally.
St Ethelburga’s is a ‘maker of peace-makers’. We inspire and equip individuals and communities to contribute, in their own particular contexts, to activating a global culture of peace.