21 March 2015

This event at the Oxford Literary Festival brings together Oxford Research Group's founder Scilla Elworthy in conversation with our Middle East Programme Director Gabrielle Rifkind to discuss Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World that Works, Scilla's recent book.

Pioneering the Possible presents a bold future vision of the world that Scilla argues could work for everybody. She profiles leaders who she says have displayed transformative leadership including Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi. And she explains that everyone can find their unique way to be useful instead of worrying on the sidelines.

Scilla set up Oxford Research Group (ORG) in 1982 to develop dialogue between nuclear policy makers and their critics. She was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Desmond Tutu, and Richard Branson in setting up The Elders and advises the boards of major international companies on future planning. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times and won the 2003 Niwano Peace prize.

Gabrielle Rifkind will contribute to the discussion as a specialist in conflict resolution with many years’ experience promoting dialogue behind the scenes in her work for ORG, particularly facilitating strategic dialogue between parties in the Israel-Palestine conflict.