presentation given by Alison Goldsworthy

Alison Goldsworthy (Ali) has been a political adviser and campaigner for more than twenty years. Her focus for the last seven years has been on polarisation, how do disagree healthily and bridge divides – a theme explored in her debut book Poles Apart. 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, co-creating its first depolarisation course. A board member of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, and a Senior Research Associate at The Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge. Alison has won numerous awards for her work. She has fronted shows for BBC Radio 4 and written for the Telegraph, Independent, New Statesman, The Times and Financial Times.


Why do we divide, is polarisation always a bad thing?

What are the triggers of polarization – economic, political?

How messages and disinformation triggers societal polarization? 

How it divides us between THEM & US?

What role are we likely to play in polarisation?

Who are the most polarising groups in society? Could it be me, us or them?

Is it all social media’s fault?

How polarization impact our life – influencing everything from our friendship circles, to health issues, and our ability to solve societal tensions?

Why it’s important to start thinking about de-polarizing society?

What can we do to effectively bridge divides, what is the role of leaders and institutions?

Date: April 27, 15:00 – 16:30, online

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