28 March 2019 to 31 March 2019
28 March 2019 to 31 March 2019

Everyone has an opinion, but only mine is right


Issues of inclusion, diversity and difference can often become intense, fractured and difficult. How can we remain in dialogue with those who hold different opinions to our own? How can we stop trying to change their minds and instead work positively from multiple viewpoints and perspectives simultaneously?

Let’s explore what it is we need to agree on in order to be able to disagree in a healthy and supportive way.

Speech to text captioning in English.

BSL interpreted.

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Royal Hotel - Edwardian Suite
170 Ferensway
United Kingdom
29 March, 2019 - 11:30 to 13:30

Share your ideas


image of Jo Verrent

Hi, my name is Jo Verrent and I suggested this topic as I think many people struggle to communicate with people who hold different opinions. This session is a practical one – so there are no panellists or papers to read in advance.  I think it’s important to try and understand why people have differences of opinion, rather than dismiss other opinions – and therefore other people, out of hand.


Even in the simple act of preparing for this session I have learnt so much – about myself and how my ideas might be seen by others, about different ways of considering a topic and of running a session. If the actual session creates half as much learning as the planning has, it will be a very worthwhile 2 hours!


I am currently senior producer for Unlimited – www.weareunlimited.org.uk

My background is as an artist, producer and trainer. I am fascinated by research around unconscious bias – how so much of what we do is not as result of deliberate bias against other people or even considered action, but rather unconsidered reactions that just occur automatically. The research around unconscious bias indicates we can put into place systems and processes to check our biases, and therefore make more conscious – and hopefully better - decisions as a result.


If you want to read more about this I suggest these resources:




Posted 1 year 3 months ago
image of Israel Aloni

Hello, my name is Israel Aloni and I will be co-hosting this session with Jo Verrent.

I am a contemporary dance maker and performer, the artistic director of ilDance (www.ildance.se) as well as the architect and manager of iCoDaCo - International Contemporary Dance Collective (www.icodaco.com)

I am thrilled by the opportunity to unpack some aspects of what "inclusion" "tolerance" & "diversity" mean at all. 


When I was asked to join Jo and think about the content and the form for this session I was hoping to be able to create an environment where we do not take for granted that what we think is appropriate or relevant is identical to the value and aspirations of others. 

Yes, we all have different opinions and we all communicate passionately about them. We all sin in following trends and movement and lets admit it, “diversity” and “inclusion” are very trendy nowadays and have been for some time. 

I am interested in addressing the elephant in the room rather than pat ourselves on the shoulder for how incredibly charming things are around the elephant. I believe we need to truely negotiate whether “inclusion” and “diversity” are indeed the ultimate solution as well as how implementing such ideas would impact the art that we make.


When Jo and I spoke about how we would like to design this two hour session, we realised that we are very passionate about similar topics but not necessarily for the same reasons and definitely bringing each a very different intellectual and cultural heritage onto the discussion table. 


As Jo mentioned above, it has already been a really teaching and eye opening experience and I hope that we can proceed with this process and have many of you join us to further interrogate the proposition that we should definitely strive towards a diverse and inclusive lifestyle (very problematic words in themselves), whether or not it is indeed feasible and if so, how?

Moreover, I am interested in underlining that perhaps there is a contradiction between aspiration to create innovative, edgy, evoking and unique art and those to remain inclusive of all and tolerant to everybody. Contemporary artists are the frontier activities in our communities and we are the watch dogs of the societies in which we live. In order to remain valuable in our social-political context, we must take risks and go far with our choices. In the process of portraying bold agendas and vivid forms we hope to be extraordinary rather than plane and mild. Anything that is unique would most likely not be appreciated or even understood by the masses. I believe that the trendiness of "diversity" "tolerance" and "inclusion" is a direct result of capitalism and the fact that governments describe the agenda and means of actions for artists and cultural organisations because we must fit into their funding categories when we dream our projects and activities. In other words, "diversity" "tolerance" and "inclusion" are not intrinsic attribution of daring contemporary art practice but rather political agendas forced upon us by the political party in power. Art and cultural activities are being used by governments as a pacifier to society so it would seem as if there is care and attention going to marginalise social groups and the government will be perceived as considerate and thoughtful when in fact they are censoring and confining those who are meant to lead revolutions and challenge status-quo in society - the artists. 

These are few of the thoughts and suggestions I am bringing with me to this sessions and I am looking forward to learning from Jo and all of you about ways we can communicate about these sensitive but invaluable topics.


Looking forward to seeing you in Hull.

Here is a link to a very simple but important post about the insensitive dimensions in "inclusive" language:


Posted 1 year 3 months ago