Truth can survive if we rise to support it
Facilitator: Howard Boorman & Jeff Lane
When political leaders routinely distort the truth, the internet is awash with misinformation and people express crazy beliefs, we can feel powerless. Or we can influence the world around us to be saner. Through discussion and activities, define your ethics of belief and develop ways to respond to unsound beliefs and support others to navigate lies and misinformation. For parents, teachers, leaders and community members.
Event time: Thu 23rd May at 2:00pm - Fri 24th May at 4:00pm
At a Glance
- Our society is facing a post-truth crisis and we need to work out how we can usefully respond to this crisis
- What we believe and how we form our beliefs is important
Participants will gain
- A set of guiding principles for forming sound beliefs
- Ways to sort facts from b***sh**t and to respond to wrong-headed and dangerous beliefs
- A map of their ‘circles of influence’ and options for expanding these circles
- Strategies to help the people we live with and work with to deal with misinformation.
“A modern dictator … can easily lead the public on … so that memory is blurred by the multiplicity of daily news and judgement is battered by its perversion.” Winston Churchill
Truth is in decay. It is endangered daily and, as a result, democracy itself is at risk. We are on the brink of what Churchill warned us about 50 years ago. More recently, the Head of the University of Sydney’s Post-Truth Initiative, Professor Nick Enfield, warned that we are facing a “post truth crisis” where people are “emboldened to state falsehoods” and “to challenge expertise when they have no valid basis to do so.” This can be observed in politics across the world, where truth is distorted or denied and where biased commentary masquerades as news, while more reputable news outlets are derided and undermined as “the enemy of the people.”
We see people believing and disseminating nonsense, unable or unwilling to distinguish between provable facts and ill-informed opinion. In doing so, they ignore the sage words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
If truth is to survive this crisis, we need to rise to its defence. Let’s ensure our own beliefs are formed from solid principles, by establishing our own ethics of belief. And we need to speak out to appropriately influence and effectively guide those around us through the swirling rivers of misinformation, and to help them form their own beliefs based on solid principles.
Participants might like to bring a notebook and pen, and a phone or tablet to take photos of any flip-charts produced.
Clothing is casual. If participants would like to, we may do some work outside or in the woods so participants may reflect that in their choice of clothing and footwear.
We would be happy for people to bring case studies of their experiences of trying to deal with the post truth world, especially any aspect of this they are struggling with.
Please note that prices are listed per person. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Jeff has over 26 years’ experience working as a therapist and consultant to individuals and groups. His work is founded upon Gestalt Psychology which he has expanded and developed to create his own unique and creative way of working. He is passionate about the natural world and is a keen walker, gardener and explorer of the countryside. He is also a thoroughly nice chap and can be seen as an example to his fellow man.Visit Tutor's Website
Howard has worked as an organisational gardener, coach and facilitator for the past 25 years; planting ideas, digging up solutions and supporting the growth of people and their companies. Before that he worked in banking for 20 years as a trainer and senior manager. His current focus is on values based leadership. He has qualifications in adult education, corporate management and Gestalt psychotherapy. His publications include Advanced Facilitation and Moments of Leadership (co-authored with Dr Trevor Benley), The Gestalt of Future Search and Leading with Heart and Soul.