Author Event: "I'm Right and You're an Idiot"  by James Hoggan

Author Event: "I'm Right and You're an Idiot" by James Hoggan

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Join James Hoggan, author of "I'm Right and You're an Idiot - The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How To Clean It Up" for a discussion.

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Beach United Church is excited to host an online reading on Zoom followed by a Q and A with James Hoggan, author of "I'm Right and You're an Idiot - The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up". James examines the desperate state of current public discourse through interviews with respected thinkers from various walks of life for example: Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale project on Climate Change, Otto Scharmer, senior lecturer at MIT's Sloane School of Management, Karen Armstrong, British Scholar, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Paul Slovic, professor of psychology, Peter Senge, a world leader in systems thinking to list a few. Their wisdom is shared and offers deep insights and tools on how to navigate our current environment. This is a handbook for anyone today who wants to discuss any of the critical challenges facing our society 'in the public square' foremost being the climate crisis.

James Hoggan explores -

How political will is manipulated.

How tribalism shuts down open-minded thinking, undermines trust, and helps misinformation thrive.

Why facts alone fail and how language is manipulated and dissent silenced.

The importance of dialogue, empathy, and pluralistic narrative reframing arguments to create compelling narratives and spur action.

"Our species' greatest survival strategy has always been foresight and the ability to leverage intelligence to overcome adversity. For too long now this capacity has been threatened by the sorry state of public discourse. Focusing on proven techniques to foster more powerful and effective communication, I'm Right and You're an Idiot will appeal to readers looking for deep insights and practical advice in these troubling times."

James Hoggan's public relations career spans over 30 years. He is president of his Vancouver PR firm Hoggan and Associates. He is also past chair of the David Suzuki Foundation board. He lives on Salt Spring Island and has written two other books "Climate Cover-up" and "Do the Right Thing".

https://www.imrightandyoureanidiot.com/

Register for this event and you'll receive the Zoom link by email. Please consider making a donation when you register.

All donations will be used to support food programs at Beach United Church such as the Thursday Interfaith Lunch Program for members of the community who are experiencing hunger. We also stock a Food Pantry for members of the community who are suffering food insecurity.

Please sign in to the Zoom session at least 5 min. before the event.

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