Summer Debate, June 28th, 7pm

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start         REGISTER (FREE)

Venue: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA

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DR GRAHAM GUDGIN:  ‘To restore our trust, experts need to stop getting things wrong.’

NORA MULREADY: ‘The Left is moving in a dangerous direction.’

DOLLY THEIS: ‘Public health is everything.’

Dr Graham Gudgin is Honorary Research Associate at the Centre For Business Research (CBR) in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and visiting Professor at the Ulster University. He is also Chief Economic Advisor at Policy Exchange in London and is a founder and editor of Briefings for Brexit, along with Professor Robert Tombs at Cambridge.

Dr Gudgin is an economist specialising in macro-economic forecasting and has worked extensively on the economic impact of Brexit with colleagues at Cambridge and Ulster University. He was formerly Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre in Belfast and from 1998-2002 was Special Advisor to First Minister David Trimble in Northern Ireland.

Nora Mulready is a political writer and commentator, who, prior to leaving the Labour Party earlier this year, was a Labour member and activist for almost 20 years. She has spent the last 12 years working in welfare rights and advocacy for people suffering from deprivation, including 5 years as the Senior Caseworker for David Lammy MP and 7 years in a welfare rights charity supporting older people in London.

Nora writes about topics such as the creeping authoritarianism within the Labour Party, the Left’s moral failures to challenge the rise of Islamism over several decades, and the moral basis of humanitarian military intervention in international affairs. Coming from a left-wing family of many generations, Nora describes herself as a political pragmatist, rooted in the ethical politics of the old Left, but at odds with how the Left is manifesting itself today.

Dolly Theis is at the University of Cambridge completing her MPhil in Public Health and Epidemiology before starting her PhD at Cambridge’s MRC Epidemiology Unit. She is Director of 50:50 Parliament’s #AskHerToStand campaign and in 2017, stood as the Conservative Party parliamentary candidate in Vauxhall.

From 2015 to 2017, Dolly worked at the independent Westminster think tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), researching childhood obesity. She wrote the “Off the Scales: England’s childhood obesity crisis” report. In 2013, she co-founded the Cube Movement, the first social network against modern-day slavery and she remains a Company Director for the campaign’s parent charity, the Red Light Campaign. She is also an ambassador of the North East military veterans charity, Forward Assist.

 

 

 

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Spring Debate, Thursday March 8th

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start         REGISTER (FREE)

Venue: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA

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STEVE MOORE: “”The UK should follow Canada by legalising and regulating cannabis.”

JAVIER PES: “It’s time to reclaim public art.”

ALICIA WESTON: “Do we need to teach people how to cook?”

Javier Pes is UK editor of artnet. Prior to this he was editor of The Art Newspaper, where he also worked as deputy editor. Before joining The Art Newspaper, he edited Museum Practice magazine for the UK Museums Association. A curator turned journalist, Javier began his career working at the Museum of London followed by Reading Museums, focusing on social history.

Steve Moore is an expert on drug policy. He the director of Volteface, an influential UK-based think tank looking at alternatives to current drug policies.

Alicia Weston is a social entrepreneur with a diverse background. Originally a published research scientist, she went on to work for 18 years in emerging market investment banking.  After leaving the City, she worked for the New Economics Foundation, developing a new model to finance social housing in the UK.

Alicia is the founder of two social ventures; Parkholme Supperclub, a leading London supperclub, and Bags of Taste, a programme which which aims to improve the diet and finances of people in or at risk of food poverty.

Autumn Debate, Thursday Oct 19th

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start
Location: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA.
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Kit Collingwood-Richardson: “The joy of nothing.” 
Kit writes, speaks and cares about many big topics, including radical ways to improve public services. She is a senior civil servant and digital technology expert, and recently formed the #OneTeamGov movement, to break down the barriers between policy making and service delivery.
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Phil Mullan: “Automation is our friend, not our enemy.”
Phil is an economist and author of “The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population Is Not a Social Problem”, and “Creative Destruction: How to start an economic renaissance”. He is a regular contributor to CityAM.
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Rachael Box: “Gangs are good.” 
Rachael is the founder and director of London Village Network, a project that started in Holloway and Islington but is now expanding across the city. It supports teenagers without the existing networks for their education and career success to take control of their own lives.

Summer 2017 Debate

Wednesday, June 21st, 7.30pm, St Peter De Beauvoir.

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WINNER OF THE SUMMER DEBATE:

OLIVER BULLOUGH: “Transparency will save democracy and capitalism”

Oliver grew up in Wales, studied Modern History at Oxford and moved to St Petersburg in 1999. He stayed in Russia for much of the next seven years, working mostly as a correspondent for Reuters specialising in Chechnya and the Caucasus region.

On returning to Britain in 2006 he wanted to write more about his experiences in Chechnya. The result was Let Our Fame Be Great, a travel and history book published by Penguin in 2010, which described his journeys to find the scattered peoples of the mountains. It was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in the UK, and won the Cornelius Ryan award in the US.

His second book, The Last Man in Russia, was published to brilliant reviews in 2013. He lives in London with his wife and son.

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KASSANDRA GORDON: “Public speaking is the cornerstone of change and innovation”

Kassandra is a Hackney based jewellery designer, social entrepreneur and Toastmaster. She studied at Holts Academy (part of the University of the Arts).

Kassandra is a member of 104 Debaters (a Toastmaster speciality debating club) and has an MA in Social Research from the University of Warwick. She is the incoming Area Director at Toastmasters, and will be responsible for looking after six public speaking clubs in London.

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ANGUS KENNEDY: “What’s wrong with borders?”

Angus is the author of Being Cultured: In defence of discrimination, and writes on culture and the philosophy of freedom. He is also the convenor of the Institute of Ideas’ educational initiative The Academy which he established in 2011 as a modest attempt to demonstrate – over four days of reading and discussion – what university should be like and so rarely is. Angus has MAs in Classics from Christ Church, Oxford and Linguistics from Birkbeck College London, as well as an MPhil in Artificial Intelligence from Dundee University. He works in information technology management consultancy.

Spring 2017 Debate

READ ABOUT THE DEBATE HERE.

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Julia Hobsbawm: “In the age of overload, we need to look after our social health.”

Julia Hobsbawm is Honorary Visiting Professor at London’s Cass Business School and is the author of books and articles on networks, communication, social health, women in business, and the future of the workplace. She wrote and presented the five-part BBC Radio 4 series “Networking Nation” and the new “Six Degrees of Connection” for BBC Radio 4. Her latest book is “Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload” (Bloomsbury).

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Azeem Azhar: “Tech can make our futures better and brighter.”

Azeem Azhar is a strategist, inventor, product entrepreneur and writer. He has been working with technology ever since discovering his first computer, the ZX-81, in 1981.  He covered technology for The Guardian and The Economist and worked in strategy and innovation at the BBC and Thomson Reuters. Recently Azeem was founder and CEO of PeerIndex.  He is currently Vice President, Head of Venture & Foresight at the Schibsted Media Group. He blogs at The Exponential View.

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Mark Chavez: “It’s time to flip who owns the data and disrupt the Cloud.”

Mark Chavez is the former CIO at Salesforce.com. He worked on building cloud computing for the enterprise, disrupting the software industry. He has launched a new start-up based in the UK and focused on completely disrupting the Cloud and its business model.

 

December Debate, Wed Dec 7th, 7.30pm

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Dr David Maguire: “We need to talk about masculinity”.

Dr David Maguire researches modern masculinity at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment. His work on the interplay of masculinity, education, place, crime and incarceration was influential in the RSA’S recent ‘Future Prison Project’. @Dee0871

Lara Prendergast: “Technology has taken over the mind.”

Lara Pendergast is online editor for The Spectator and food and drink editor for Spectator Life. She has perviously worked at the Telegraph and Vogue India, and has written for the Financial Times, the Evening Standard, the Erotic Review and Apollo Magazine. @laraprendergast

Josh Spero: “How can a Jew love Wagner?”

Josh Spero is deputy editor, Special Reports, at the Financial Times, where he has written about his love of Wagner, and is also a consulting editor for FT Live. He is Tatler’s art critic and the author of Second-Hand Stories (Unbound, 2015), a book about the people who used to own his books. @joshspero

Autumn Debate, Wed Sept 28th

READ ABOUT THE EVENING HERE!

SEAN O’CALLAGHAN wins the autumn debate with his insights into the totalitarian mindset.

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“To tackle extremism we must recognise what unites totalitarians.”

Sean O’Callaghan is a writer and expert on exremist ideology. He is also a former member of the IRA. In 1988 he handed himself in and was given a 539-year prison sentence by a Belfast court before finally being pardoned in 1997. His most recent book was published this year, marking the anniversary of th Easter Rising “James Connolly: My Search for the Man, the Myth and his legacy”.‘The Informer’, was published in 1999.

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SIGNE JOHANSEN

“What Britain needs now is hygge.”

Signe Johansen is a Norwegian chef, author and journalist, with a special interest in the anthropology and ‘soft power’ of food and Nordic culture. She ran the acclaimed EastScandi supper club in London, which was featured in the New Yorker. Her forthcoming book, “How to Hygge” (Panmacmillan), explores how hygge (which roughly translates to “cosiness” but encompasses humanity and empathy) is central to the Nordic sense of happiness and wellbeing.

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RICHARD MOLLET 

“Demagogues are a necessary menace.”

Richard Mollet was a parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party in South West Surrey in 2010. He is currently head of European Government Affairs at the RELX Group, which owns Elsevier and LexisNexis, working on public policy issues on copyright, digital rights and Brexit. Previously he spent five years as CEO of The Publishers Association.

LOCATION: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA

TIME: Arrive at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm starts. Ends at 9.30pm.

ADMISSION: Free.