GLASGOW could become a leading world centre of ethical thinking if a special eight-day, city-wide festival of ethics proves to be a success.
The Only Way Is Ethics starts on Sunday, November 29 and finishes on December 6 with the final two days running in tandem with the first-ever Vegfest Scotland.
Businesses, campaigning groups, charities and the general public are taking part.
The festival’s main sponsors are Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Glasgow-based Accountancy and Business Growth specialists, Murray Associates.
One of the organising team, Craig Tannock, who operates five vegan food and entertainment venues in Glasgow, said:
“In the fullness of time, we hope this festival could have a lasting impact, become an annual event and help Glasgow to be recognised as a leading centre of ethical thinking around the world.
“We want the festival of ethics to be as inclusive as possible, bringing people together in a safe space for discussions and to talk with a purpose on how we can make Glasgow a better and more responsible place through ethical thinking.
“We hope it brings about meaningful and lasting changes. We want this to be a really good experience for anyone who gets involved in any capacity.
“The main focus will be on the environment, social responsibility, social inclusion and animal rights. But we want to open up a city-wide conversation on ethical thinking in general.”
An extensive range of events is lined up, including panel sessions examining legal, business, marketing and funding issues, films, live music, lunchtime lectures, workshop events, vegan food tasting, cookery demonstrations and discussions on contemporary world issues such as Palestine.
Glasgow Caledonian University will also host a public discussion with the aim of generating positive action to help with the Syrian refugee crisis.
Participants in The Only Way Is Ethics include The University of Glasgow, Chemikal Underground Records, Clydeside IWW, Glasgow Women’s Library, Greencity Wholefoods, Mitchells Roberton Solicitors, Project Ability, Scotwest Credit Union, Spirit of Revolt and Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre.
Dr Alec Wersun, senior lecturer in GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “As the University for the Common Good, GCU is playing a key role in the transformation of higher education through social inclusion and social responsibility.
“GCU is delighted to support this Festival, which aims to position Glasgow as a centre for ethical thinking. The Festival brings together academics, students, business and the general public to discuss and act on pressing issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis.
“We hope that looking at issues through the dual lenses of ethics and responsibility will inspire positive action.”
The Only Way Is Ethics Festival launches on Sunday, November 29 with an opening concert at Calton’s newest arts venue, St Luke’s (next to Barrowland).
It will feature a rare appearance by El Hombre Trajeado (featuring RM Hubbert, Stevie Jones, Ben Jones and Stef Sinclair), four-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner, Karine Polwart and the otherworldly dark soundscapes of Ela Orleans.
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