Instead of saying one viewpoint is valid and another is invalid, we learn more about reality by sharing perspectives.
Our perspectives affect all of our life experiences. They are the lens through which we see and interpret the world. Perspectives are interchangeable; individual; multiple.
Previously perspectives and beliefs have been used to divide the human race; to rule us and embolden the leaders for whom power is the most important point of perspective. The false dichotomy created by wars in all guises, whether it’s between religions, countries, or economic models, teaches us that we need to stand firm in our views, reject outside influence and be wary of people who hold different viewpoints.
Last year at TEDxBrum we talked about harnessing the Power of Us to overcome the embedded polarisation of ‘us’ and ‘them’, however just in the last year we have learned again how quickly rich, diverse and complex perspectives can be reduced to binary choices.
We think the crucial challenge for society in the 21st Century is how we understand each other, relate to each other, and talk to each other, embracing many perspectives whilst challenging our own to expose new collective spaces where we can build a city to be proud of, together.
Join us at Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday 15th October 2017 for the biggest TEDxBrum yet, at a time where these conversations between many people feel more important than ever.