Good Society Forum: Building inclusive and welcoming societies in a time of COVID divisions

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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We have seen communities respond to the current crisis in very positive ways, from coming together to clap for our nurses and doctors – daily in cities like New York and weekly here in London – to locally self-organising and providing mutual support to help their most vulnerable neighbours. However, with many groups remaining overlooked, we have also seen the crisis fuel a toxic mix of fear and resentment in some countries, including rising xenophobia, inter-generational angst, and rising tensions between cities and regions. There are political leaders that have used the cover of COVID-19 to foment hostile environments and division – including introducing widespread travel bans, making use of emergency police powers and using the distraction of the pandemic to repeal existing recognition of minorities. How do we ensure, during these continued uncertain times, our commitment to building inclusive and welcoming societies remains?
Join us as we bring together global experts to look at the impact of COVID-19 on social cohesion and inclusion. Please register via Zoom at
Our panelists are:
Yasir Naqvi – CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC)
Colleen Thouez – Director of Welcoming and Integrated Societies, Open Society Foundations
Vladimir Horvath - Strengthening Inter-Ethnic Political Discourse and Minority Inclusion, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Samar Ali – Founding President, Millions of Conversations
The Good Society Forum is a community of change-makers around the world with a common quest to build the good society. Launched in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Good Society Forum Webinars digitally connect change makers around the world, engage them on ideas, and inspire action to build the good society.