Day 2 at the 6th SNF Annual International Conference: Polarization in the 21st Century

ATHENS – The 6th Annual International Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Conference on Philanthropy opened on June 21 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens. Second Day’s topic is the “Polarization in the 21st Century: YOU’RE WRONG! (and I am right) Organized by the Tällberg Foundation”.

6ο Διεθνές Συνέδριο του ΙΣΝ για την Κοινωφελή Δράση (2η μέρα).POINT/COUNTER: IMMIGRATION, BORDER SECURITY, IDENTITY & NATIONALISM. Robin Niblett: Director, Chatham HouseKees Rietveld: Adviser on Fragile States PolicyΠερισσότερα στο:

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The discussion “POINT/COUNTER: IMMIGRATION, BORDER SECURITY, IDENTITY & NATIONALISM, Robin Niblett: Director, Chatham House – Kees Rietveld: Adviser on Fragile States Policy.”

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Follows the 2nd day’s program:

9:30 / Welcome
Gloria Gilbert Stoga – President, Puppies Behind Bars

9:32 – 10:40 / Antigone in Ferguson Performance : Theater of War

11:10 – 11:15 / Why Antigone today?

Bryan Doerries – Artistic Director, Theater of War Productions

11:15 – 11:45 / Point/Counterpoint: immigra tion, border security, identity & nationalism

Robin Niblett – Director, Chatham House
Kees Rietveld – Adviser on Fragile States Policy

11:50 – 12:10 / Speak up! Is national identity important? Do you want to be a global citizen? Do you trust politicians? Will the future be better than the present?

12:20 – 12:40 / Presentation: What can science tell us about political polarization?Uri Hasson – Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University

12:45 – 13:15 / Why is polarization increasing today?Are we somehow hard wired to respond positively to information that is consistent with what we already “know?” As societies have shifted from mostly shared narratives to multiple narratives, do individuals think about and experience politics and public policy differently? What is the role of the media and of the social media channels through which information (real and fake) flow to voters? What does trust—or, rather, the widespread collapse of trust in key institutions—have to do with polarization?

Panel discussion
Panel Moderator: Ronald Daniels – President, Johns Hopkins University

Rachel Brown – Executive Director, Over Zero
Uri Hasson – Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University
Matt Rogerson – Head of Public Policy, Guardian News & Media

13:30 – 14:00 / What is the impact of polarization on our politics and on our democracies?
Why is political partisanship increasing in many countries in Europe and America? Why do polls show a growing sense of voter disenfranchisement, lack of trust in political leaders and institutions, and a willingness to look for leaders outside the normal ranks of politicians? What needs to change to rebuild trust in the liberal democratic system?

Panel discussion
Panel Moderator: Scott Miller – President, Core Strategy Group

Fabienne Hara – Professor, Sciences Po
Hermann Tertsch – Journalist
Nikos Xydakis – Parliamentary Representative, SYRIZA

14:00 – 14:15 / So what?

What have we learned from you about polarization? What questions should we be asking now? What are the risks to democracy? Who needs to do what?

Alan Stoga – Chairman, Tällberg Foundation

14:15 – 14:40 / What do you think?
Questions, comments from the audience