The success of Western civilisation can be attributed to just six factors, according to Chris Smith and Richard Koch: Christianity, optimism, science, economic growth, liberalism and individualism. These principles, however, have been increasingly eroded over the past century so that where once citizens of the West felt a collective confidence and pride, they instead appear to be heading for collective suicide. Should the West try and save the concepts on which it was based or replace them with new ones? Speakers: Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, UK MP and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in Tony Blair s cabinet; Richard Koch, author of The 80/20 Principle; Roger Osborne, author of Civilization: A New History of the Western World and Jeremy Stangroom, co-founder, The Philosophers' Magazine.

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19 Apr 06ICA, Inner London :: V205
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