Victoria Forum, Bridging Divides: Turf, Truth & Trust

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Register now for the Victoria Forum, “Bridging Divides: Turf, Truth & Trust“, which takes place 28-30 August 2022. The event is free online and in-person at the University of Victoria in Canada. EFMD President Eric Cornuel will be one of the speakers.

In the five years since its inception, the Victoria Forum has carved out an international reputation, bringing together diverse policymakers, academics, business leaders and change-makers in civil society for meaningful discussions aimed at creating positive and sustainable solutions to global issues. The Victoria Forum aims to create a space that enables people to connect across boundaries. Learn more in the recent Global Focus article, “Bridging divides: Turf, Truth & Trust“.

Three intersecting perspectives

Turf: Our sense of place, land, territory, physical landscape or home shapes our identity, behaviour, culture, social norms and sense of belonging. Turf reflects the relationship of people to place and directs us to consider ownership, protection and rights over such place. Questions relating to turf lie at the heart of contemporary divides and conflicting definitions of truth.

Truth: What is “truth” and whose “truth” is “true”? The diffusion of diverse perceptions corresponding to the same reality, particularly with the advent of social media, is undermining social consensus and exacerbating the fault lines in our society. Concepts of alternative truth and post-truth are accelerating the erosion of trust in institutions, in others and in the future.

Trust: Trust serves as the foundation for building social relationships, prosperity, and institutions. Lines of divide between members of different groups are systematically reshaping the degree to which people extend trust to others. Bridging divides starts with (re)building trust.

The forum

Join thought leaders and change-makers from around the world for discussions on bridging global economic, social and environmental divides. Attend sessions addressing topics such as building trust amidst a crisis of misinformation, moving from extractive to regenerative approaches, and combatting social and economic exclusion.

This free, public conference will host national and international thought leaders, including:

> Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
> The Honourable Bob Rae, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
> David Johnston, Former Governor General of Canada
> Shelagh Rogers, CBC host, former Chancellor of the University of Victoria

The conference will also host the Commonwealth lək̓ʷəŋən Sport Declaration on Truth, Reconciliation and Partnership with Indigenous Peoples.

Register now; in-person space is limited:

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