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Collective Flourishing and Community Well-being

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Join Professor Abraham P. Francis for this in-person talk as part of our 2022-23 ‘Community Series’.

We live in an interdependent world where every action has visible and invisible repercussions and effects because we are inextricably linked. We live in a highly dynamic era in which disruption has become the norm and uncertainty our constant companion. Indeed, this disruption has had a significant impact on our families, relationships, jobs, communities, economy, political discourses, and intercultural and international relations, resulting in a profound effect on the well-being of individuals and communities. Such extraordinary times are ripe for transformational breakthroughs and the birth of new paradigms to help our society overcome the challenges it faces. How can individuals and communities thrive despite adversity and uncertainty? According to scientific evidence, humans have the capacity to flourish. So, what is preventing us from progressing is a crucial question posed in this presentation. Based on practise experience, critical reflection, and the literature review, this presentation aims to explore the concept of collective flourishing, discuss new initiatives in this area, and attempt to answer the question “what’s holding us back?” How can we create a caring, compassionate, and hopeful culture in our communities? How can we unite our communities and increase their capacity to respond to challenges and opportunities?

This talk is part of the Lucy Cavendish College series.

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