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Whose Voices are Heard

Free Word

Monday, 18 November 2013 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

Whose Voices are Heard

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Trust (noun) Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone / something.

The Crisis of Trust in Europe is a series of four debates that will take place at Free Word Centre throughout our autumn 2013 and spring 2014 programme.

It is part of the European wide project Time to Talk involving 14 literature and debating houses across Europe including from Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Bulgaria and France. All the debates will be filmed and hosted on the Time to Talk websites, capturing the arguments made throughout the continent.

Trust in democratic institutions, in the media, politicians and our political system as a whole is fading. This development of mistrust manifests in apathy and animosity towards political institutions and extends to the growth of xenophobia. It is demonstrated by the myriad protest movements that reject established order and procedures, dismissing those who govern while offering little alternative. With this debate series, we aim to stimulate thinking about the causes, impacts and possible solutions to the loss of trust in our societies.

Whose Voices are Heard opens the series by asking who young people trust in the public realm. Do politicians, educationalist and community leaders hear the voices of young people today? Why, now, do young people feel disenfranchised from the political system? Or is this, in fact, not a new phenomenon but a necessary facet of youth culture? How can we improve the relationship between young people and our institutions? How is it that trust evolves? And how can this generation actively engage in shaping their future?

By bringing together perspectives from politics, the arts, activism, and youth work with the diverse voices of young people, these debates aim to challenge the dominant stereotypes of youth disaffection. Through discussion and conversation between contrasting viewpoints we aim to develop new thinking about how to counter the growth of mistrust in our communities.

Future debates will focus on the media, future technology and the environment.

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When & Where

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
United Kingdom

Monday, 18 November 2013 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

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Free Word

Free Word works at the meeting point of literature, literacy and free expression as a catalyst for collaborations, nationally and internationally, that explore the transformative power of the word. At our London hub, the Free Word Centre, we run a programme of events and exhibitions, and provide a home to six resident organisationsand over 25 associates, working across literature, literacy and free expression.

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