Are you trustworthy?

Recently I was watching a TED video. If you’re not familiar with TED you’re missing out. TED is a not-for-profit group running a series of live and online events with the purpose of providing a forum to ideas worth spreading. TED has been in operation since 1984. TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). By the way TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design – the three worlds in which speakers are drawn from.

The video I watched was a talk given by Baroness Onora O’Neill a philosopher who focuses on international justice and the roles of trust and accountability in public life. She is a member of the British House of Lords, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge and chairs the Equality and Human Rights Commission for the United Kingdom. Not a bad curriculum vitae to be sure!

In her 9-minute talk she addressed head-on the view that many in wider society trust others less.

According to the Baroness there are three important things to know and think about the issue of trust.

Firsly, is the claim that there has been a great decline in trust.

Secondly, given the above claim, we think there should be the aim to have more trust.

Thirdly, as individuals, society, governments, businesses and institutions, we should have the goal to rebuild trust.

Go to the TED link below and have a look – it is well worth it!

Until next time.

All my best,


TED Talk – Onora O’Neill: What we don’t understand about trust