July 29, 2020
6:45 pm
July 29, 2020
7:45 pm

Event Description

Brain Food Webinar

Wednesday 29th July, 6.45-7.45 pm

Polarisation of belief is on the increase, driving people towards more fixed or extreme views. What are the causes and how do we challenge this?

This webinar session is an opportunity to hear views on how groupthink is affecting our democratic society, and about positive alternatives.

You can participate through chat and polls.

Sanjana Hattotuwa  is PhD candidate at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS), University of Otago.
He will take a Yin/Yang approach. He will talk about the democratisation of technologies and the demonisation of difference, about social media as bully pulpits, the tyranny of choice, and whether elections are still true markers of democracy.

Josie Pagani is Communications consultant, political commentator and Director at the Council for International Development (CID).
She will look at political cliques on the left and right, at ‘cancel culture’ and how this plays out in social media versus the non-virtual world. She will look at tribal voting patterns and the values that guide how people vote, and will touch on hate speech legislation.

Our MC, Kim Connolly-Stone, Policy Director at InternetNZ,  will hold the rudder and keep the pace going.

If these ideas light a spark for you, join us on Wednesday 29th July – 6.45 pm-7.45 pm.