On Thursday 9 June, IRiSS hosted colleagues from I4P at Edge Hill University who are conducting a series of discussions across the UK about what a good society might look like, and what actions can take us in that direction.
The research is being conducted for the Webb Memorial Trust and early findings will be reported to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty in the House of Common on 28 June.
The discussion brought together nearly 30 invited senior representatives from civil society organisations, along with colleagues from Ulster University.
Every participant came prepared to give their contribution, which lead to a rich discussion both of what we could do to improve the present, as well as more expansive visions of what kind of a future good society is worth striving for.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paddy Nixon (pictured above) addressed the group about the vision of Ulster University as a civic university, a “safe space” where diverse opinions can be aired and dialogue can occur.