Why is it that some parts of the world encourage differing views, while others find them rude or even dangerous? Is dissent on the ascent, or are we learning to respect opinions which differ from our own? Quentin Cooper discusses ways of managing disagreement with global business guru Erin Meyer, graffiti artist Bahia Shehab, and sociologist John Hall.
(Photo: Two people shouting at each other. Credit: Corbis)
Bahia Shehab is associate professor of professional practice
and director of the graphic design program at the American University in Cairo.
Her artwork has been on display in exhibitions and galleries worldwide
including China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, UAE, the US and the streets
of Cairo. She is a TED Global Fellow and was selected as one of BBC’s 100 Women
impacting the world for two consecutive
Photo credit: Bernhard Ludewig
You can see a selection of her graffiti work from the Egyptian revolution in the picture gallery above.
John A. Hall
John A. Hall is the James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology at McGill University. He is the author of The Importance of Being Civil; Coercion and Consent: Studies on the Modern State, Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography, and the co-author of Is America Breaking Apart? In 2004, he was awarded the Prix Marcel Vincent and is a member of the Globalization and National Security Project.