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Changing Perceptions on Corruption
Thu 8 December 2016, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT
3:30 - 3:35 pm -- Introduction by Nick Fannin, Head of Bright Red Triangle, Edinburgh Napier University
3:35 - 4:30 pm -- Talk by Thor Fanndal
4:30 - 4:45 pm -- Q & A
4:45 - 5:00 pm -- Feedback Wall Magazine
5:00 - 5:30 pm -- Refreshments
You are invited to Changing Perceptions on Corruption, a Bright Red Triangle talk with Thor Fanndal, Icelandic journalist and entrepreneur at BRT’s incubator. Thor started his company Moral Sentiments with the support of BRT. Thor is well known for his work on Icelandic politics and corruption. He is a frequent commentator on Icelandic affairs here in the UK, Europe and the North America.
Thor will talk about the cultural significance of covering corruption in a country that most believe is a beacon of hope for progressive politics and purity. He will speak of the tight relationships between politics and news organizations in Iceland and how widespread corruption is in this tiny country. Despite a common misconception that Iceland is somehow an island that consistently manages to be unaffected by issues like greed, corruption and profiteering.
Thor will speak of the flash elections demanded by voters after the Panama papers revealed the involvement of three cabinet ministers in the secretive business of Tax havens. The focus of this talk is the culture of corruption and the toxic culture that feeds it in Iceland. Thor will attempt to draw comparisons from corruption cases in Iceland and abroad. Iceland is by every measurement a tiny country with a population smaller than Edinburgh but national institutions that mirror most Western democracies at a tangible scale.
Thor Fanndal writes about politics and business with an emphasis on corruption and lobbyism particularly in resource industries like energy and fishery.
"There is more to Iceland than the over simplified memes portraying it as a beacon of hope for reformists. Iceland like any other place on earth has it's share of corruption" ~ Thor Fanndal.
Venue: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
P.S. For those of you with cars - Car park A is for event parking at Craiglockhart campus.