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It’s not about Race: it’s about Community

May 5th, 2011

As the 21st Century progresses then the discussions around diversity needs to focus more on community than on race. Divisions are no longer fragmenting on racial lines, as they were in the second half of the 20th century. New generations of young people from ethnic minorities are not just looking to race as their root identity but also at faith, work and cross group sub cultures. This creates complex problems for social cohesion and requires a new vision of community and new leadership that reflects this. But what is this new vision of community, what leadership is needed and how can it develop to encompass all?This is the subject of this podcast. The speakers are

David Lammy MP has served as a Minister in the Department of Health, the Department of Constitutional Affairs, Minister for Culture in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and most recently Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property.

Rob Berkeley. Rob is Director of the Runnymede Trust, an independent policy-research organisation focusing on 'race' and social policy and

Ted Cantle, Professor at the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) and an Associate Director of the IDeA. He now works exclusively for both organisations on the community cohesion agenda


  • Khalida Hussain

    Interesting speakers. Very educational with contrasting views. I think it is premature to move the diversity agenda more towards communities. There are still real problems for minority ethnic communities which need to be tackled.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:11 am