Exploring the Ethics of Truth and Influence

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Thu 23May

Public Talk

Facilitator: Howard Boorman & Jeff Lane

In a post-truth world, what can we do to keep truth alive? What is truth? What are our responsibilities with regard to truth and to the people around us and to our community? How should we seek to appropriately influence others? For parents, teachers, leaders and community members.

Event time: Thu 23rd May at 8:00pm - Thu 23rd May at 9:30pm

Participants will gain

  • How to better distinguish truth from beliefs and opinions
  • Ideas for ways to ethically influence the people around you
  • How to sort facts from b***sh*t and how to respond to wrong-headed and dangerous beliefs.

Truth is in decay. It is endangered daily and, as a result, democracy itself is at risk.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.”

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.

Price Options

£7 Ticket
£5 Concession


89 available
89 available
Ticket (concession)£5.00

Practical Information

Participants might like to bring a notebook and pen, and a phone or tablet to take photos of any flipcharts produced. Clothing is informal.

Tickets will be available on the door but we recommend booking online in advance as events can sell out.

Concession prices are offered in the spirit of inclusiveness and trust. If this is appropriate for your financial situation, you are welcome to book the event on this basis.

Howard Boorman

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 Bentley), The Gestalt of Future Search and Leading with Heart and Soul.

Jeff Lane

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.