This Dialogue & Debate webinar at 11.00am on Wednesday 7 April 2021 explores the social cohesion implications of declining public trust in government, the media and between communities. We discuss different options for restoring public confidence as we aim to ‘Build Back Better’, post-pandemic.
Taking the form of a candid conversation with guest panellists and live questions from our online audience, it is free to join, and everyone is welcome. It is hosted by our Chief Executive, Dr Ed Newell.
We will be joined by guest panellists:
- Professor Will Jennings - Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southampton and Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded 'TrustGov' project
- Will Moy - Chief Executive of Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity
- Dr Nikki Soo - Social researcher at Ipsos MORI and Honorary Research Associate at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture
Dialogue & Debate with Cumberland Lodge is a series of regular interactive webinars on pressing issues affecting social cohesion in the UK. It is supported by our charitable funds.
You can join this webinar on Zoom, as a non-video participant, and interact with the panel via our live Q&A. All you need is an internet connection, a screen to watch it on - on PC or mobile device - and your speakers switched on. Everyone is welcome.
Please register in advance here to receive the joining details: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1FAqcJl-QuiNPxrH6jWEjg
If you prefer, you can also watch the webinar live on this webpage, or on Facebook Live, in which case please submit any questions to our guests by tweeting us @CumberlandLodge or commenting on our Facebook livestream.
What will we be discussing?
Trust is a necessary precursor to a peaceful, collaborative and resilient society, but research suggests that levels of public trust in government and the media are deteriorating. Public trust leads to greater compliance with policy and tolerance of state power, therefore this decline has far-reaching social, health and economic consequences.
In 2019, the OECD reported that only 45% of the world’s population trusted in their national government, and it’s likely that this figure has fallen further in some parts of the world, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the UK, we have witnessed the fragility of public trust in government during the past year, as restrictions and rules have been implemented and enforced across the UK, as shown by analysis carried out University College London (UCL).
Discussions about trust, however, need to go beyond politics. In this webinar we ask:
- With increased reliance on the internet and social media to stay connected and informed, as well as increasing concerns about fake news, are we becoming more sceptical all round?
- Where do we draw the line between healthy and constructive criticism of the information we are exposed to, and a dangerous lack of trust?
- With strict rules to follow during the pandemic, are we even losing trust in the people in our own communities?
- Could we say that COVID-19 is causing silo systems to emerge?
- How can we rebuild trust to heal social divisions and decrease feelings of unrest and vulnerability?
Recordings will be shared after the event on our Read, Watch, Listen webpages, to watch or listen to, on demand.
You will also find an audio-only version on all the major podcasting channels. Please search for 'Dialogue & Debate'.