On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, hosted an event on “Disruptive Technological Change, Human Security and Responsible Leadership”.  The lecture was delivered by Professor Mike Hardy, Executive Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, United Kingdom. A summary of the event and a gallery of Professor Hardy’s images are available below.


Professor Mike Hardy at CIGI (1 November 2017)

Innovation and change can benefit nation states, propel emerging economies and trickle down to the less developed nations, but both can also leave many people behind, widen levels of disparity and division between stakeholder beneficiaries and those without a stake and add further threat to the security of already vulnerable people. Disruptive technology does all this even more quickly.

More than ever, the wellbeing of people worldwide depends on our sharing of space, resources, and understanding, in particular in complex contexts. Natural and man-made disasters, violent conflicts and terrorism, risks to health as well as economic and financial downturn challenge the academy, policy-makers, communities and families alike, to become more organised in their understanding of issues that ensure sustainable, healthy and ultimately secure lives.

One aspect of Professor Hardy’s current work is looking at the relationship between ‘place-based’ innovation, change and/or development and the security of individuals (well-being, social cohesion and social mobility). He is interested in the potential of inclusive innovation and a new agenda for the insecurity of individuals created by ‘inwardness’ (a resistance to opening and accepting external influence on the development on socio-economics structures and processes) and ‘exclusiveness’ (a failure to develop responsible, accountable and participatory approaches to the promotion of economic growth and change, and an over-dependency on the agency of national governments and international organisations).

Professor Mike Hardy, Chair of Intercultural Relations and founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University Professor Mike Hardy, CMG OBE FRSA

Dr. Hardy is Chair of Intercultural Relations and founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University. The Centre is a multi-disciplinary team of over 60 researchers and experts whose work draws together issues such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, social identity, inequality and mobility, wealth and poverty, integration and pluralism, prejudice and discrimination, intergroup conflict and cooperation, the problem of civil rights and the politics of equality. Professor Hardy has been twice honoured, 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 the Queen’s Birthday Honours, June 2010, for his work internationally in Intercultural Dialogue. Mike is a trustee of 3FF the leading interfaith charity in the UK and Vice-Chair of the US-based International Leadership Association.