'Thinking Aloud': Seminar One

Cultural Innovation and Social Challenges

The first Zamyn seminar, 'Cultural Innovation and Social Challenges', was held on 16th-17th June 2005 at The London School of Economics.  Participants were asked to offer contributions to debate centred around the following themes and contexts:



  1. Rights and the Good Life

  2. Water Rights and Water Wrongs

  3. Art, Identities, Censorship

  4. Why the fuss about Pope John Paul II's death?

  5. The Rationale for Corporate Social Responsibility

Seminar Participants and Contributions:

Doreen Baingana, Writer

Dr. Alja Brglez, Director of the Institute for Civilisation and Culture in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Wan Yan Hai, Director Beijing AIZHIXING Institute of Health Education; AIDS activist

Stuart Hall, Cultural Theorist

Ibrahim Helal, Former Chief Editor, Al-Jazeera, Project director of Media Dialogue Programme BBC World Service Trust

Dr Kriti Kapila, University of Cambridge, Department of Social Anthropology

Cho Khong, Chief Political Analyst, Shell

Darian Leader, Founder of the Centre of Freudian Analysis & Research, psychoanalyst

Malini Mehra, Founder and Director of Centre for Social Markets

Ibrahim Musawi, Head of Political Programmes – Almanar Channel

Bacre Waly Ndiaye, Lawyer and human rights activist, Director, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York

The Most Reverend Njongonkulu Winston Hugh Ndungane, Archbishop of Capetown

Jean-François Rischard, Former Vice President for World Bank for Europe

Jacqueline Rose, Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London; Writer

Phyllis Rosenblum, Senior Vice President, Community Development Dept, HSBC Bank USA

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, General Manager, and Head of Risk Management at United Bank for Africa; Economist; Writer on Islamic affairs

Abdul Karim Soroush, Academic lawyer and theologian

Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Vice President of External Affairs at Merck & Co