Belonging 2022: Book your tickets now!

Author: Belong Network
Published: July 13, 2022

We are delighted to announce leading US civil rights expert Prof john a. powell as a keynote speaker on Friday 2 December.

Tickets are selling fast – book your place here – limited free tickets available for Belong Network standard, advanced and founder members!

*Three free tickets per organisation for Founder members; Two free tickets per organisation for Advanced members; One free ticket per organisation for Standard Members. Thereafter charges apply.  Due to demand we are limiting places to three delegates per organisation.

We are thrilled to announce Prof john a. powell, director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley as our third and final keynote speaker at the Belong Network’s annual conference Belonging 2022: Leading on Social Cohesion.

Prof powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty, and democracy. Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, the research institute brings together scholars, community advocates, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable world. Prof powell holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion and is a Professor of Law, African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.  He has won several awards including the 2021 Housing Hero Award, 2021 John W. Gardner Leadership Award, and the Convergence Bridge-Building Leadership Award for 2022. He is the author of several books, including his most recent work, Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

At Belonging 2022 Prof powell will be discussing what we can learn from work to bridge divides and develop an inclusive sense of belonging – and how we can prevent ‘othering’ and allow for constructive disagreement without harming the underlying social fabric. This keynote address at Belonging 2022, taking place in central Manchester on 2 December, will be followed by a short Q and A.

Prof powell will be joined at Belonging 2022 by some of the UK’s leading thinkers and practitioners around social cohesion and integration, including:

Dame Sara Khan, Independent Adviser for Social Cohesion and Resilience to Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (keynote)

Jon Yates, author of Fractured: Why our societies are coming apart and how we put them back together again, executive director, Youth Endowment Fund and founder of NCS, Headstart and The Challenge (keynote)

Prof Ted Cantle CBE, Chair of Trustees, Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network 

Cllr Joanna Midgley, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council

Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester, Manchester Cathedral

Shalni Arora, Belong Network Trustee & CEO, Savannah Wisdom Foundation

Ruth Ibegbuna; founder, RECLAIM Project, The Roots Programme and Reclaim School

Robin Tuddenham, chief executive, Calderdale Council

Professor Dominic Abrams, Professor of Social Psychology and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent

Viveen Taylor, Director for Equality Diversity & Inclusion, Sport England

Dr Allison Smith, Head of Strategy and Development, Royal Voluntary Service

Sunder Katwala, Director of, British Future

Mark Lawrie, CEO, StreetGames


Tickets selling quickly – book now to avoid disappointment 

Taking place on Friday 2 December, Belonging 2022 offers a chance to hear from practitioners, thinkers, leaders and experts from across different sectors on tried and tested approaches for fostering greater trust, social connectedness, belonging and cohesion. It’s also an opportunity to develop a collective voice: calling on policymakers to recognise the importance of community resilience, building connections and bridging divides amid increasing polarisation and inequality.

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