A seminar series organised by the Culture, Place and Policy Institute
The Brexit debate showed there are passionate views in Britain about immigration, but many were disappointed at how narrow and polarised our national discussion has become - reduced to an argument about numbers and who is allowed to enter the country and who is not. But there’s been little talk about the how - the question of how we British, in all our rich diversity, should live together.
For decades there have been two opposing ideas: Assimilation - everyone should blend in with the majority; or Multiculturalism – that all minorities and majorities should be free to do as they please.
Our speaker, Phil Wood, argues that the first of these is impractical and wrong, whilst the second is out-dated and needs a radical overhaul. He offers an alternative model – the Intercultural City – which he has implemented in over 100 cities around the world, but which has been denied airtime in these insular Isles.
In a talk followed by a panel discussion, Phil will raise a number of important issues that need to become part of our national conversation: how can we find new forms of social solidarity that aren’t tribal or exclusionary? How can we avoid living parallel lives? How can we grasp the very real benefits for neighbourhoods and cities that arise when diverse people live and work together?
…and finally, can Hull, on the back of its triumph as UK City of Culture, take a lead in embracing this new way of working?
Phil Wood is an Urban Therapist, Yorkshireman, founder of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities network and author of the book ‘The Intercultural City: Planning for Diversity Advantage’.