Ted Cantle chaired the Community Cohesion Review of the riots in English Northern towns in 2001, describing the ‘parallel lives’ of separate communities. He advocates intercultural understanding through direct contact and debate, and through specific programmes in schools to confront prejudices and stereotypes, supported by community cohesion programmes in the wider community.
His latest work suggests that interculturalism should become a new and progressive framework for diversity replacing multicultural policies which have failed to address change and globalisation and the politics of fear and extremism. Ted established the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) in 2005 and has previously been a Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council and Deputy Chair of the Environment Agency. He has also been the chair of a hospital trust, the Local Government Construction Task Force and a media company.
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