How can we better understand our world & make it a better place?

How can we fix our broken world? And what does it actually mean to love your neighbour? Just some of the questions raised by Payam Akhavan in the 2017 CBC Massey Lectures -- on air, and on tour. We also invited you, our listeners, to send us your questions. In this episode excerpts from the audience discussions after the five lectures, along with Payam Akhavan in conversation with Paul Kennedy answering questions sent in by listeners.

Discussion, questions & answers from the 2017 CBC Massey Lectures by Payam Akhavan

Payam Akhavan presenting the 2017 CBC Massey Lectures, "In Search for a Better Tomorrow", in Toronto. (Sinisa Jolic/CBC)
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How can we fix our broken world? And what does it actually mean to love your neighbour? These are some of the questions raised by Payam Akhavan in the 2017 CBC Massey Lectures — on air, and on tour. We also invited you, our listeners, to send us your questions. In this episode, excerpts from the audience discussions after the five lectures, along with Payam Akhavan in conversation with Paul Kennedy answering questions sent in by listeners.

**This episode originally aired April 2, 2018.

Why is it that the liberal elites are losing the 'masses' to the hateful demagogues? And also — could we touch the right emotional buttons, transform our culture?- One of many questions raised during the discussion period at Payam Akhavan's CBC Massey Lectures.

Talk is at the heart of democracy. The Greeks had their Agora, the Romans their Forum: places where the issues of the day were debated. And that tradition remains at the heart of the democratic process — that we talk things out, even when the antics of our elected representatives sometimes strain our tolerance. It's too easy to say "someone make a decision and get on with it" — and it's dangerous, often leading to tyranny.

This young person asked Akhavan what kids could do to improve human rights during the Toronto lecture. (Sinisa Jolic/CBC)
The Massey Lectures at IDEAS is part of that tradition of talk. IDEAS itself is all about talk, but the Massey Lectures series kicks it up to another level — a big thinker with big ideas, and five hours to lay out the challenge: how can we better understand our world and make it a better place?
Payam Akhavan's CBC Massey Lectures are called "In Search of a Better Tomorrow." 1:16

For over half a century, IDEAS has been presenting the Masseys, and for the last seventeen years we've taken the series on the road, touring the country and recording the lectures in front of live audiences. At the end of those recordings, local audiences have had their say, in lively question-and-answer sessions that always run long — but are almost never heard on the radio.

In the last few years, we've been broadcasting the best of those Q&A sessions in a kind of "sixth Massey" — and we've also invited the radio audience to send in questions. In this episode, Payam Akhavan — who was featured last week in In Search of a Better World" — sits down with Paul Kennedy to answer your questions and we'll also be playing excerpts from the best of the audience discussions we recorded on the road.


Listen to Payam Akhavan's CBC Massey Lectures: 


In Search of a Better Tomorrow is published by House of Anansi.

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