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City Conversations: When Facts Fail

Part of the 2019 Community Summit

Over the last decade, narratives surrounding climate, housing, drug, and transportation policies have taken centre stage in our news cycle and the collective conscious of Greater Vancouverites. Discourse about these complex issues has become highly polarized and clouded with misinformation.

Biased, misleading, and incorrect information has long influenced public policy development to varying degrees, but in our current age of disinformation, we’re witnessing a rise in “alternative facts” and the public delegitimization of experts. The misinformed and the “willfully ignorant” often dominate the conversation, drowning out both expert analysis and constructive community input, proving detrimental to the people these policies attempt to help.

Are we trending toward a future where facts are less essential to the formation of public policy than exaggerations, falsehoods, and outrage? How has policy formation and analysis been disrupted in the disinformation age, and what can we do about it? Should public policy formation change to reflect our new realities? What does this mean on a local level?

Don’t miss this special edition of SFU City Conversations, taking place as part of SFU Public Square’s 2019 Community Summit, Confronting the Disinformation Age. As always, registration is free but required, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Apr 18, 2019 12:30 pm
Apr 18, 2019 1:30 pm
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SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue - Room 320
SFU Public Square
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

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