The seminar opened with presentations that were given by the 5 panelists followed by a discussion and a Q&A session. People then divided into smaller groups to discuss specific themes in greater depth.
Panel speakers included the following (from left to right): Justine Huxley, the Director of St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace; Karnagie Sharp, a BBC journalist; Martyn Barrett of the University of Surrey; and Michael Karlberg, a Professor of Communication Studies at Western Washington University.
The seminar titled “The Role of Dialogue in Promoting Social Cohesion” was held on 7 December at the Portcullis House in London on 7 December. (Photo credit: Chris Downer/geography.org.uk)
“It is the duty of journalists to present the issues in a way that encourages people to work together,” said BBC journalist Karnagie Sharp.
Prof. Michael Karlberg addressing the audience: “What we need is a more mature model of public discourse that reflects the understanding that we are all members of an interdependent social body.”
Many of the participants highlighted the fact that this style of participatory and inclusive dialogue was a novel and unique contribution to existing forms of dialogue in Parliament.