Can We Prevent Violent Extremism?
Presentation by: Simon Pellew (OBE)
Facilitated by: Dr Chris Scanlon
6th May 2016
Institute of Group Analysis
1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY
To Western liberals, extremism, of all types, seems baffling and when it turns to violence, it is disturbing and terrifying. Yet, the new neuroscience discoveries are showing that the black and white thinking that is the foundation of extremism is a natural response to fear, in many cases can have real benefits and is easily created within most people.
In this talk, Simon Pellew, the Managing Director of IC Thinking, a charity working to reduce violent extremism, will describe the ways they tackle this problem.
18:30 Presentation with Simon Pellew
19:30 Large group/debate – facilitated by IGA Group Analyst Chris Scanlon
Simon Pellew has worked in three fields: he set up a charity to reduce unemployment in Peckham in the days when it was a notorious “no go” area (for which he was awarded an OBE), he has worked in prisons and with ex-prisoners and now he is CEO of the Society of Analytical Psychology and setting up a charity seeking to reduce the risk of violence from extremists (of all types). This intervention is working in a number of areas, including with Muslim in the UK, Scottish sectarians and in Bosnia with Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks.
This intervention is based on the idea that extremism is characterised by black and white thinking. The evidence from both psychology and brain science is that encouraging more complex thinking reduces a propensity to use violence to protect precious values and beliefs. The approach we are using produces a measurable increase in complex thinking.
Dr Christopher Scanlon (DPhil) is the CEO of 'Community, Housing and Therapy (CHT), Senior Professional Associate at Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR), Training Analyst at Institute of Group Analysis (IGA), Visiting Professor in Psychosocial Practice, University of East London, Founder member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS), and associate member of Organisation for Promotion of the Understanding of Society (OPUS).
IGA Members/Students £8
Please note that light refreshments (wine and cheese) are included in the ticket price.