Panel on Trust in the House of Lords

Thank you for your interest in the GTF Panel Discussion "Trust in an era of ‘Alternative’ Facts". The event will be postponed, because the House of Lords will be closed for business until at least the week beginning June 19, due to the General Elections announced by the British PM, Theresa May. Please stay tuned on this page for the new date of the event. ​​

Trust in an era of ‘Alternative’ Facts

- is confidence in Governance and the Media retrievable?

- High Impact Panel Discussion, in London, UK, on May 22nd, 2017 -

“I don’t see how we can ever trust each other again.”

Jonathan Haidt NYU Social Psychologist

Trust—or, too often, the lack of it—is one of the central issues of our time. Without trust, institutions don’t work, societies falter and people lose faith in their leaders. The Edelman Trust Barometer has been tracking trust in institutions for the past 15 years, and the warning signs are now plain to see. For the first time since the Great Recession, half the countries surveyed have fallen into the “distruster” category (that is, their overall level of trust, among the informed public, is below 50%). This is directly linked to the failure of key institutions to provide answers or leadership in response to events such as the refugee crisis, data breaches, China’s stockmarket downturn, Ebola in west Africa, the invasion of Ukraine, the FIFA bribery scandal, VW’s manipulation of emissions data, massive corruption at Petrobras, and exchange-rate manipulation by the world’s largest banks.

  • What are the implications of the global trust crisis?
  • Can we 'break' this distrust cycle-how?
  • Can we increase public demand for quality media and empower citizens through media and information literacy?

The panel discussion is hosted by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Alderdice.

This event will commence at 18.30 BST and is by invitation-only.
Please email, by May 8, 2017, if you would like to receive an invitation.


This event will be hosted in the House of Lords and may be followed by one or two subsequent discussions in October - November 2017.