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Sir Roger Scruton on how loyalty shapes our culture

Thursday, 10 May 2018

In our latest Road to Character lecture, celebrated philosopher and author Sir Roger Scruton examined how loyalty continues to shape our culture and is paramount to flourishing societies.

Sir Roger said that loyalty is a fundamental virtue on which we all depend for survival because it ties families, communities and nations together. In defining, loyalty Sir Roger distinguished between personal loyalty, which is a vow such a marriage vow or families ties and national loyalty, which is a contractual commitment. The motivation for loyalty may be practical where the commitment is rational and deliberate or sentimental where the commitment may remain despite a cost or disadvantage. Above all, loyalty is a commitment to one's duty which may include family, friendship, career, religion or country.

In order to uphold to the personal and national loyalties which our country will always depend, Sir Roger said we must embrace virtues such as courage, collaboration, wisdom, commitment and honesty. Previous contributors to our Road to Character lecture series have spoken about these virtues, all of which are crucial to flourishing individuals, families and societies.

Watch Sir Roger's lecture here.


Dambisa Moyo - we need courage if we are to succeed in making democracies more effective and accountable

Monday, 30 April 2018

In our latest Road to Character lecture, world-renowned economist and best-selling author Dr Dambisa Moyo examined the future of democratic governance, and how we can address the evolving political, social and economic challenges facing the world.

Dr Moyo, who was named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, has twice topped the New York Times bestseller list with Dead Aid and Winner Take All. Through the lens of her latest book, Edge of Chaos, she set out recommendations for improving the effectiveness of advanced democracies, so that they can deliver better, more sustainable and more inclusive outcomes in the future for their citizens. These are key themes of our own Effective Government and Populism and Political Change programmes, which seek to explain recent political shifts across the western world.


Helena Morrissey explains how men and women can work together to create a more prosperous and equal world

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

In the latest instalment of our Road to Character series, Dame Helena Morrissey argued that achieving real collaboration between men and women is not just wishful thinking.

Watch the lecture here.


Sir Peter Bazalgette tells us why empathy is such an underrated feature of flourishing societies

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Sir Peter Bazalgette delivered a lecture for our Road to Character series. He put forward the case that empathy is crucial for the wellbeing of society.

Sir Peter's thought-provoking lecture examined the barriers to our ability to empathise with others, and the resulting impact on everything from the delivery of education and healthcare to creating an effective criminal justice system. 

Listen to the lecture here.

View photos from the event here.


Wisdom in Leadership: A lecture by Sir Anthony Seldon

Monday, 13 November 2017

Against the backdrop of the current scandals blighting politics, Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University, delivered a lecture on wisdom in leadership. 

As part of our Road to Character lecture series, Sir Anthony explored the qualities our leaders need a time of moral crisis.  

Sir Anthony suggested that there are three elements needed to successfully enact wisdom—underlying wisdom, the desire to embody that wisdom and the skills and opportunities to implement it.


David Brooks launches Legatum Institute's Road to Character lecture series

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

David Brooks, the best-selling author and New York Times columnist, launched the Legatum Institute's new Road to Character lecture series.

Courage, honesty, and charity are among the qualities that inspired our civilisation and shaped our world today. Yet these, and other crucial values, are too often missing from today's public life. In the Road to Character lecture series, inspired by David Brooks’s book of the same name, the Institute is inviting high profile speakers to examine the character trait they most cherish, and its role in their own, and in the nation's, life.

Listen to the lecture here.

Road to Character lecture series

The Legatum Institute's Road to Character series is part of our Cultural Transformation programme and was launched by David Brooks, the best-selling author and New York Times columnist. We invite high-profile speakers to discuss the character trait they most value, and its role in their own, and in the nation's, life.