New Keynote for LGLA’s 2017 Leadership Forum

James Hoggan, President of Hoggan & Associates and best selling author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up (May 2016) will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Leadership Forum.

James Hoggan’s keynote will explore the critical issue of deteriorating public discourse. Based on interviews with outstanding thinkers from the Himalayas to the House of Lords, and drawing on the wisdom of such notables as Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky, and the Dalai Lama, Hoggan’s presentation will explore:

  • How trust is undermined and misinformation thrives in today's public dialogue;
  • Why facts alone fail – the manipulation of language and the silencing of dissent; and
  • The importance of reframing our arguments with empathy and values to create compelling narratives and spur action.

Other updates and reminders for the 2017 Leadership Forum:

  • Richard Wagamese, who had hoped to share his presentation The Power of Storytelling, is no longer able to attend the Leadership Forum.
  • Elected officials (mayors, chairs, chiefs, councillors, directors) and senior staff from local governments and First Nations are welcome to attend the 2017 Leadership Forum. We will have delegates from small towns, big cities, rural areas and from all regions of the province. This is a key opportunity to meet your colleagues and peers, learn from one another, share your experiences, and return home refreshed, recharged, and ready to tackle all of the challenges that accompany local governance.
  • The registration deadline is January 18. Cost is $310, which includes all forum sessions, two hot breakfasts, lunch on day two, and refreshment breaks throughout.  The Minister of Community, Sport & Cultural Development as well as the Opposition Spokesperson for Local Government will also attend the Leadership Forum.

Please contact Errin Morrison, LGLA Program Manager, with your questions.

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