Divided Society: What could keep us together or pull us apart after COVID-19? : 4 Sep, ONLINE

September 4, 2020 | 12:30 pm

The shared challenges of lockdown helped to forge a sense of community spirit across Britain, as neighbourhoods discovered a newfound togetherness and divides of the past were put to one side.

Yet, while the Covid-19 crisis is far from over, the unity of lockdown is. As social distancing rules have loosened, commentators are reporting the emergence of political divides both old and new. Debates about race relations and Scottish independence have hit the headlines; meanwhile the challenges of economic recession loom on the horizon.

Exploring these issues and more, our panel will share their thoughts on these emerging divisions and the solutions needed to keep hold of the community spirit built during lockdown.

• Iain Dale, Political Writer and Presenter at LBC
• Kezia Dugdale, Director of the John Smith Centre and former leader of Scottish Labour Party
• Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director of Young Vic theatre
• Elizabeth Carnelley, Programme Director of Near Neighbours
• Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future (Chair)

Date & Time: Friday 4th September, 12.30 – 1.45pm

The event marks the launch of Talk/together, a national project seeking to kick-start a conversation about what unites us, what divides us, and what practical action is required to bring people together. Find out more and take the talk/together survey at www.together.org.uk

Brought to you by British Future on behalf of /together, co-organisers of the 5th July Thankyou/together NHS birthday applause.

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