Exploring the Implications of Our Tribal Instincts to Contemporary Governance Challenges (TRN4-E34)

Product code: TRN4-E34

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You can attend this hybrid event either in person or online.

May 16, 2024

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)

English, with interpretation in French


In-person: Ottawa, Ontario

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1.5 hours






Throughout history, the instinctive drive to form tribes has demonstrated the value of cooperation, empathy and mutual support. This drive, relying on common symbols and a shared identity to signal membership and cooperation, continues to have an enormous impact on society.

This thought-provoking event for government executives features David R. Samson, Ph.D., who will discuss the ideas from his 2023 prize-winning book, Our Tribal Future: How to Channel Our Foundational Human Instincts into a Force for Good. Professor Samson will explore the ways in which we can leverage our instinctive drive to promote cooperation and solidarity as a way to increase human wellness while warding off the by-products of an us-versus-them mentality.

Participants will learn how to accentuate the positives behind the instinctive drive to form tribes while mitigating its negative effects to tackle contemporary governance challenges and help build a more cohesive and empathetic society.



  • David R. Samson, Author and Associate Professor, University of Toronto


  • Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service

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Date and Time Session code Location Language Available seats
May 16, 2024, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET) TRN4-E34-IP In-person: Ottawa, Ontario Full
May 16, 2024, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET) TRN4-E34-OL Virtual Full
Date modified: 2023-03-20