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Ethics & Politics: Does Culture Lead & Parliament Follow

22nd February 2017 · 6:30pm - 8:00pm

In person | Virtual event

 Ethics & Politics: Does Culture Lead & Parliament Follow

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The next collaborative meeting between The Conway Hall Ethical Society and GlobalNet21 in the “Ethics & Politics” series and will be a discussion on whether cultural change is more important than political change through Parliament. Does Culture lead and Parliament follow?

The world is changing so fast that we often wonder if we can have any influence at all. Politicians also face this situation and often feel impotent in the face of global forces. Brexit was partly an expression of this frustration.

So can we effect change through politicians and Parliamentary politics or does real change happen elsewhere?

Well some argue that real change comes from the bottom up through our collective activity that changes our culture. It is cultural change that is important and parliamentary politics is often the froth on the top.

To help us discuss this we have three speakers deeply involved in cultural change.

Speakers include,

Matt Scott has worked in the Voluntary Sector for over 25 years as a community development worker.  He is currently overseeing the London for All programme at London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) and teaches at Goldsmiths College and London Metropolitan University.  He is on the board of the Community Development Journal and is a director of the Community Sector Coalition CIC. He believes that Civil Society is an important and vital arena for political and cultural change.

Charlie Blowers is a Director of Moving Pieces Physical Theatre Company. She is also a performer, psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. She has had twenty years of clinical experience working with young people and adults experiencing significant mental health challenges in a variety of therapeutic and educational settings. She also works with London Playback Theatre that involves storytelling and improvised drama. She is currently writing a thesis on “art and social prescription.” Charlie believes art is a vehicle for social change.


Professor Evan Parker from Warwick University where his expertise is in nanotechnology. He also works on climate change including developing a new policy on how to deal with it, and new approaches to geo-engineering. He is active in the Ethical Society and also coordinates the GN21 Voices project set up to focus on key themes and create an action programme.

Discussing the importance of how we can all be involved in cultural change is very empowering as it shows us that the path to making a better world can rest with us all and not just Parliamentarians.

Free entry, but please let us know if you’re coming along by adding yourself to the meet-up group.

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