'Diversity' is increasingly fashionable; we are told it is a good thing and we should welcome, indeed encourage it. At the same time, fashionable wisdom maintains that 'cohesion' important and finding a consensus is desirable. But where there is true diversity in opinions, beliefs, behaviours and practises, there is no consensus. And it might even adversely affect social cohesion, and increase hostility or even conflict.
This symposium hosted in association with the Lokahi Foundation examines these paradoxes as they apply to religion, ethnicity, political views and economic systems.