Imagine a future community where identity wasn’t about who I want you to think I am or who you want to think I am and where our personal identities were not mobilised to highlight difference and project the ’other’…
Professor Hardy is a founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University. From 1995 until 2011, Mike was a leader with the British Council including responsibility for the Council’s global programme for Intercultural Dialogue, youth engagement and so-called ‘soft-power’ global strategic partnerships; he lived and worked in Cairo, East Jerusalem and Jakarta.
Back in the academic world since 2011, Mike focuses on applied research in intercultural dialogue, pluralism and diversity. Mike is special advisor to the World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue in Baku and directs the RISING Global Peace Forum at Coventry. He was awarded the OBE in 2001 for his peace-building work in the Middle East, and appointed a Companion of Honour of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2010 for his work internationally in Intercultural Dialogue.
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