Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Leading cultural grant-making body in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, The Elmley Foundation, is launching a new forum in partnership with the University of Worcester.
Leaders of public, professional, private and voluntary sectors in the two counties have been invited to reflect together at a serious intellectual and philosophical level on the underlying forces which affect the world and society.
Over 130 invitees have already signed up to the inaugural event which will take place at Malvern Theatres on Monday, 4th October at 6.45pm.
Leading the discussion will be John Gray, one of the world’s foremost thinkers. A former Professor of Politics at Oxford University and of European thought at the London School of Economics, he has written a wide range of acclaimed books including ‘False Dawn: the Delusions of Global Capitalism’, a book published in 1998 which already predicted the credit crunch and ‘Straw Dogs’, book of the year for many leading commentators when it came out in 2002.
Having been described as ‘the best theorist we have about our troubled world today’ he is bound to add significantly to the discussion, entitled ‘Human hopes and Planet realities.’
Themes expected to recur in the discussion include the Trust deficit, the fixation on short-termism and the fragmenting of individual and collective responsibility.
The distinguished television and radio presenter Francine Stock, presenter of ‘The Film Programme’ and former presenter of ‘Newsnight’, has agreed to facilitate the proceedings.
The Forum is to hold gatherings twice a year, once in Herefordshire and once in Worcestershire, with the follow up in Hereford on March 7th involving philosopher A. C. Grayling and founder of groundbreaking think-tank ‘Demos’, Geoff Mulgan.
Tickets can be purchased from Malvern Theatres Box Office at a cost of £5.