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How to Build a Global Community in a World of Nationalism?

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Author Hassan Damluji will be in conversation with actor/activist Riz Ahmed to discuss his new book "The Responsible Globalist."

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How to Build a Global Community in a World of Nationalism?

Today, globalism has a bad reputation. 'Citizens of the world' are depicted as recklessly uninterested in how international economic networks can affect local communities. Meanwhile, nationalists are often derided as racists and bigots. But what if the two were not so far apart? What could globalists learn from the powerful sense of belonging that nationalism has created? Faced with the injustices of the world's economic and political system, what should a responsible globalist do?

British-Iraqi development expert Hassan Damluji proposes six principles - from changing how we think about mobility to shutting down tax havens - which can help build consensus for a stronger globalist identity. He demonstrates that globalism is not limited to 'Davos man' but is a truly mass phenomenon that is growing fastest in emerging countries. Rather than a 'nowhere' identity, it is a new group solidarity that sits alongside other allegiances.

With a wealth of examples from the United States to India, China and the Middle East, The Responsible Globalist offers a boldly optimistic and pragmatic blueprint for building an inclusive, global nation. This will be a century-long project, where success is not guaranteed. But unless we can reimagine humanity as a single national community, Damluji warns, the gravest threats we face will not be defeated.

Hassan Damluji

Hassan is a development expert and author on global affairs. At the Gates Foundation, he advises Bill and Melinda Gates on the Middle East & North Africa, Pakistan, Japan and Korea, and leads a global team responsible for policy, advocacy and government relations in those countries. He co-founded and sits on the board of the Lives & Livelihoods Fund (LLF), a $2.5 billion fund based in the Islamic Development Bank. The LLF is the largest ever truly multilateral aid initiative based in the Middle East.

Hassan has written extensively about global development and politics. His first book, The Responsible Globalist, was published by Penguin Allen Lane in 2019. In 2016 he cofounded the One Degree Academy, a school in North London that is rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. He also sits on the board of the Education for Employment Foundation, an NGO that provides job training and placement for unemployed young people in the Middle East and North Africa.

Hassan has been named as one of the 100 most influential Arabs under 40 every year since 2015 by Arabian Business magazine. He holds a double-first in Classics and Arabic from Oxford and a masters in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard, where he was awarded the Von Clemm Fellowship.

Riz Ahmed

Emmy award winner Riz Ahmed is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, creator, producer, musician, director and activist. He became one of Hollywood’s most sought after artists following the explosive success of HBO’s THE NIGHT OF, written and created by the legendary Steven Zaillan for which he won an Emmy Award, and was Golden Globe and SAG nominated. He went on to star in successful feature films including Disney’s ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, Jacques Audiard’s THE SISTERS BROTHERS and most-recently Sony/Marvel’s VENOM. He first garnered industry attention in festival favorites FOUR LIONS and NIGHTCRAWLER.

Up next, he stars in director Darius Marder’s SOUND OF METAL about a professional drummer’s descent into unexpected hearing loss. He recently co-created and sold a modern-day take on HAMLET to Netflix, a feature film he will also topline. He has also sold a nine-part drama series called ENGLISTAN, a revisionist history about a British Pakistani family over 40 of the most eventful years of recent British history, from 1979 to 2019.

As Riz MC, Ahmed came up in the London music scene as a rap battle champion, going on to write and perform both as a solo artist and with his band, Swet Shop Boys. His provocative solo release Post 9/11 Blues was banned before a viral groundswell forced it into radio, and Englistan was critically acclaimed for its exploration of identity. The Swet Shop Boys album, Cashmere, landed the group prestigious gigs including Coachella and Glastonbury. In a nod to their cultural impact, participants at the Los Angeles International Airport protest against Trump’s immigration ban were heard chanting lyrics from “T5.”

As a vocal advocate for inclusion, Ahmed’s award-winning piece in the Nikesh Shukla–edited collection of essays The Good Immigrant, has been dubbed “essential reading”. In Spring 2017, he was a prestigious guest-speaker at the British Parliament’s House of Commons where he spoke about diversity and representation. That same year, he graced the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.

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