Lunch Time Lecture on Monday, April 9

Join us at City Hall for a Lunch Time Lecture on Monday, April 9. 

I’m Right and You’re an Idiot – The Toxic State of Public Discourse & How to Clean It Up, with James Hoggan

Just as we pollute the natural environment we pollute the public square, not with chemical toxins but with our warlike approach to public conversations. Passionate public argument is healthy, but unyielding one-sidedness undermines the pluralistic, reasoned debate at the core of healthy democracy. The middle ground disappears, problems seem unsolvable and people turn away from public discourse.

Best-selling author and communication expert James Hoggan interviewed thought leaders around the world to learn how to transform this social pathology and engage in higher-quality public conversations.

Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and Acting City Manager Jocelyn Jenkyns, this lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.

All lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall and are webcast.