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Green Templeton College | Oxford

Human Welfare Conference

On May 12th and 13th 2017, Green Templeton College welcomed over 100 delegates and 25 speakers from across the world to speak at its annual Human Welfare Conference. This event seeks to find innovative solutions to the main challenges facing social wellbeing, and unifies a set of people who often speak on disjointed platforms, including academics, policy-makers and students.

This year, the Conference celebrated its 10th anniversary and chose the theme ‘Reinventing Empowerment in the 21st Century’. Over the two days of the Conference, attendees saw invigorating discussion and debate about what ‘empowerment’ means today, whether the government is the best agent for it, and how to reclaim this term to benefit the many and the vulnerable alike. The speakers touched on themes from HIV/AIDS to Trump, and the audience was fortunate to hear experts with diverse backgrounds in journalism, human rights, parliament, and academia.

One of the highlights of this year was the launch of a Conference manifesto. This outlined some of the lasting messages and reflections on empowerment from the two days, to take to future discussions and action platforms. It was designed collaboratively by the committee and attendees of the conference, who posted their reflections. The manifesto has been published on the Conference’s website.

The team was also incredibly proud to have a group of students come and present their research posters from 6 different continents! This truly was a global and inclusive discussion.

The Conference was organised by a dedicated committee of GTC students and led by Isabel Woodford (MPhil in Development) and Derek Soled (MsC in Medical Anthropology). After months of preparation and hard work, it was wonderful to see it all come together in such style! Thank you to all involved for your participation and enthusiasm. We’ll see you again next year.

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