Our next meeting in our Saturday Forum on Identity and Belonging will be a discussion around Identity and Multiculturalism and will follow on the discussion of the last meeting..
The Saturday Forum provides space for dialogue around issues of identity, where people can engage with each other in an exchange of ideas, points of view and personal experiences. Our purpose is not to decide who is right and who is wrong, but rather to move forward together in a more nuanced understanding of complex issues.
Among the big questions of the 21st century are those around identity. How do we decide who we are and who we want to be? In a complex world we belong to multiple communities and take on multiple roles, identity can be difficult and we are can so easily become lost.
Multiculturalism - a deeper look
Last month we started a conversation on multiculturalism which – inevitably – barely scratched the surface. It was felt that we wanted the opportunity to continue the discussion and take things a little further and deeper. You are welcome to this session, whether or not you attended the previous one.
One issue that was of particular interest to many in October's meeting was the question of multiculturalism vs. homogeneity. To what extent do we celebrate difference and diversity? To what extent is social cohesion enhanced by assimilation - a blending of what all of us have to offer - to make one British culture?
Our time together will begin with an opportunity to define the two approaches and then we will have time in small groups to share our personal experiences of how multiculturalism has impacted us.
We’ll come together again as a whole group to discuss questions such as:
What should we be aiming for: assimilation or acceptance and celebration of differences?Should government policies be designed to help support distinct cultural communities?
Do join us for what we know will prove to be yet another stimulating and enlightening Saturday Forum.
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