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HAT Forum: Humanist Leadership; Proposer Richard Dowsett

  • 519 Community Centre 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

Many philosophies can be identified with a leader – someone whom the people who subscribe to that philosophy will generally agree is at the forefront of the thinking in this direction. Religions, social movements and political groups generally have leaders. What makes Humanism so different?

1.      Why do Humanists shy away from identifying leaders?

2.      What role does Leadership currently play in the Humanist movement?

3.      Would we benefit from being able to identify an established leader or leaders?

4.      If so, what type of leader would we want them to be? What characteristics would they have or not have?

5.      What functions would we like them to fulfill in the world?

6.      What benefits does Humanism derive from not having any established or identified leadership?