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National honesty day: Time for straight talking

Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.

This week the psychiatrist Dr Adam Winstock proposes a national honesty day.

“On national honesty day, everyone can be honest with everyone else. Families and friends , workers and bosses, doctors and patients, teachers and pupils, dare I say bankers and their customers, even politicians and their voters... and of course vice versa, can without fear of regret, recrimination or reprisal - and within the context of compassion and forgiveness - say exactly what is on their mind.

Why do I think that such an important thing? Because I think it would make us think why we are not more honest for the rest of the year.

I think it would be the one day of the year when everyone wouldn’t pull a sick day. I think it would make everyone have more respect for each other.

I have to tell you, this morning when I told my wife that that was my ideas she turned around and said ‘can we have honesty day today?’At that point I decided I would leave for work.  

So I think that honesty, transparency in communication - that would be a good thing to have each year.”

You can listen to Adam discuss his idea with Jamaican poet Olive Senior and Scottish writer Dennis O'Donnell,in more detail on the BBC World Service programme The Forum, where you can also download more 60-second ideas.

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