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Building a more inclusive city through kindness and compassion – a multi-stakeholder dialogue

What’s on offer?

Are you interested in contributing to a conversation that explores the roles that kindess, compassion and communityvoice can play in creating a just and propserous society? Do you want to know more about how academics, third sector and local authorities are working together to try to achieve this in Leeds? Location: St George’s Centre, 60 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3DL. Time: 3-5pm, refreshments served



What’s it about?

During this event we will inspire the possibility of creating a more inclusive city through kindness and compassion. With brief presentations from community, civic and academic representatives, we will better understand how embracing a kinder more compassionate approach can help to create a more inclusive city for everyone. There will be an overview of the recent Leeds Festival of Kindness, Compassion and Wellbeing as well as an opportunity for the audience to share their experiences and aspirations. Join us for this interactive dialogue and an opportunity to experience a kindness circle

Who’s leading the event?

The event is being co-organized by Dr. Kendi Guantai and Prof. Gary Dymski, from the University of Leeds Business School and Voluntary Action Leeds

Open to

The appeal to the target audience of socially-conscious students, engaged community-members, policy stake-holders from across Leeds would be the opportunity to link into and participate in an informed dialogue on how to make bottom-up participation a key part of the devolved policy pathway forward for the region.  

Of particular interest to

The idea is to create an open conversation among academics, third sector leaders, policy stakeholders and attendees from Leeds’ residential and campus communities. We will consider how we define kindness, compassion and belonging and their role in the economic and social production of community.  We will also consider the role of communication and storytelling, in cohering different perspectives and working with diverse stakeholder groups, and what this means for the political economy. Who knows whom, who is talking to whom, who is buying or selling or investing in whom, who cares about whom, and why does it matter in the construction of a vibrant urban community?