Mercredi 14 juin 2017, 18:30 - 20:00

Fake News: the role of confirmation bias in a post-truth world


Society is becoming more and more polarized. Around the world, the attitudes, beliefs and opinions expressed by political leaders, their constituencies and the media appears to be growing more extreme. But to what extent is this, perhaps, just a natural and expected result of the human condition?

Join Rolf Olsen for a thought-provoking discussion on the important role confirmation bias plays in how we interpret news and information and the potential consequences of this. Questions Rolf will explore and put to the test through interaction with the audience will include:

  • Is what we are witnessing today anything new?
  • Why do we believe what we want to believe, and is there such a thing as ‘the truth’?
  • Has the rise and resonance of ‘fake news’ been enabled by increasing numbers of real media outlets vying for attention with headlines and articles that push the boundaries of journalistic norms?
  • Where could all this lead, is this somewhere we want to go? If not, what can we and what should we do about it?

Speaker - Rolf Olsen

Rolf Olsen is CEO and strategic counsel at Leidar, which he founde in 2009. He spends his time helping clients set their course, and some of Europe´s largest and most successful companies have had their vision, mission and stories developed with Rolf´s assistance.

Rolf has more than 35 years’ experience in communications, the last 25 at a top tier international level. Before setting up Leidar, he was CEO Continental Europe of Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm. Prior to this he held executive positions at both European and global level for two American Fortune 50 companies; firstly 13 years with Digital Equipment Corporation and then five years with Motorola.

Rolf teaches in the Executive Certificate on Advocacy in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute, Geneva


Location: Villa Barton, 132 Rue de Lausanne, Geneva