De Beauvoir Balloon Debate, Winter 2019

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DATE: Wed 4th Dec, 2019. Doors open 7pm. Debate starts 7.30pm prompt. (Note to regular Balloonists, it’s on a Wednesday this time),

VENUE: De Beauvoir Block, De Beauvoir Road, London N1 4EN. Free entry.

SPEAKERS:

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STEPHANIE HARE: “Privacy is worth fighting for”

Dr Stephanie Hare is a researcher working across technology, politics and history. She is publishing a book next year on technology ethics, exploring biometrics and privacy, and how big data affects civil liberties and human rights. Selected as part of the BBC Expert Women initiative, Stephanie’s regular radio column is on the BBC’s World Business Report and Radio 4’s Business Daily. She has contributed to the Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN and Guardian/Observer and her academic article ‘For Your Eyes Only: US Technology Companies, Sovereign States and the Battle for Data Protection’ was selected as a case study for Harvard Business Review.

Previously Stephanie worked at Accenture Research, Palantir, Oxford Analytica and Accenture, and taught history at Oxford, where she held the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship at St Anthony’s College. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics (PhD, MSc) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  @hare_brain

MICHAL MATLON: “It’s time to put beauty back into architecture”

 Michal Matlon specialises in user experience and the psychology of architecture. He studied applied psychology and explores how the built environment affects our thinking, feeling and behaviour. Michal helps create spaces for life and work, and uses his passion for public speaking and writing to spread awareness of these topics. In the past, he also worked in the fields of technology, journalism, photography and marketing, which still inspire his work today.     Instagram: @michal.matlon

HUGO TAGHOLM: “We CAN change the plastic system”

Hugo Tagholm is Chief Executive of the national marine conservation and campaigning charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). The charity takes action from the beach front to the front benches of Parliament, where it unites a voice for the ocean through its Ocean Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group. It mobilises over 100,000 community beach and river clean volunteers annually and has been instrumental in helping introduce and enforce new government legislation to protect our seas.  Hugo is an environmentalist, campaigner, surfer, charity professional and a TEDx speaker. This year he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his services to Marine Conservation by Exeter University. Twitter: @hugoSAS

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De Beauvoir Debate, Autumn 2019

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DATE: Thursday 26 September 2019. Doors open 7pm. Debate starts 7.30pm prompt.

VENUE: De Beauvoir Block, De Beauvoir Road, London N1 4EN. 

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ANNE BAXENDALE: “For equality, fix work – not women”

 Anne Baxendale is a Deputy Director at Shelter, where she has run many successful (and unsuccessful) campaigns to get housing to the top of the agenda and win change for people who are homeless or in bad housing. She is also a trustee at the Child Poverty Action Group and a governor at her son’s primary school in Tottenham. Her passion is learning how to build healthy, effective civil society organisations that enrich and transform communities and help people live good lives.

ALI MIRAJ: “Public life needs more contrarians”

Ali Miraj is a social entrepreneur, political activist, DJ and financier.In 2012, he founded the Contrarian Prize to recognise British public figures who demonstrate independence, courage and sacrifice.

He was the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the marginal seat of Watford at the 2005 General Election and contested the 2001 General Election in Aberavon, South Wales. He served as a Councillor (London Borough of Hillingdon) from 1998-2002, elected at the age of 23.  He was a Board Member of both the Conservative Party’s Policy Commissions on Quality of Life and International and National Security (2005-2007). Ali currently works as a Director in Infrastructure Finance at a leading bank.

Ali is also a DJ, playing at leading venues around the world, and founded “Decks and the City” a monthly night in Shoreditch for City professionals.

FREDDIE SAYERS: “Why conservatives could be the new hippies”

Freddie Sayers is the Executive Editor of UnHerd. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of YouGov, and founder of PoliticsHome. He is also CEO of UnHerd Ventures, the investment arm of UnHerd that is developing new media and data businesses.

Top photo: @DeBeauvoirBlock

De Beauvoir Balloon Debate Summer 2019

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Join the De Beauvoir Balloon Debate on Thursday, 27 June for an evening of ideas, engagement and fun. We invite three speakers to present an idea they feel passionately about. At the end of the evening, you vote for your favourite!

DATE: Thursday 27 June 2019. Doors open 7pm. Debate starts 7.30pm prompt.

VENUE: De Beauvoir Block, De Beauvoir Road, London N1 4EN. 

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KYRO BROOKS: ‘Online communities can be a force for social good.’

Kyro Brooks is the co-founder of Mobilise Care, an online platform which seeks to transform the lives of those that care for a loved one.  Prior to this, Kyro was the CEO of the Young Camden Foundation, a charity looking to increase the support and opportunities for young people.

Outside of work, Kyro is a keen traveller who recently took part the Clipper Ocean Race, racing across the Atlantic and Southern Oceans.

SHAHROO IZADI: ‘Kindness is the key to changing our behaviour.’

Shahroo Izadi is Behavioural Change Specialist, coach, speaker and author of “The Kindness Method”. Her therapeutic approach is influenced by the experience she gained working in various roles across the addiction treatment field. She has since been dedicated to highlighting what those in long-term recovery from addiction can teach the general population about changing day-to-day habits by building self-esteem, self-belief and motivation.

Shahroo openly shares how the same motivational tools she passes on to others have helped her to transform her relationship with herself and her body after a lifetime of abusing food, extreme yo-yo dieting, low self-esteem and negative body image.

HERB KIM: ‘Ted Talks, Trump and the Power of Narrative.’

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Herb Kim is founder of Thinking Digital Conference, which has been described by The Guardian as “the UK’s TED”. He is also Founder of TEDxManchester, TEDxLiverpool & TEDxNewcastle. He is a Trustee for the Sage Gateshead Music Centre and the Visiting Professor of Innovation & Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School. He is a former Board Director for Tech City UK and the Founding Chairman for Tech North.

In 2014, Buzzfeed included Herb on its list of “Geordie Heroes”. In 2011, Wired Magazine included Herb as one it’s Wired 100 top tech industry influencers. In 2010, The Guardian named Herb as one of its Top 100 most influential media figures.

Herb earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business, moved to the UK in 1997 and is currently based between Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. He’s a proud father to a 13yo daughter. They both share the opinion that Avengers: Endgame was deeply disappointing.

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De Beauvoir Balloon Debate, Spring 2019

Balloon Debate-IntervalJoin the De Beauvoir Balloon Debate on Thursday, February 28th, for an evening of stimulating ideas. Door opens at 7pm. Debate starts at 7.30pm prompt.

COME to hear three speakers present three ideas. VOTE for your favourite!

VENUE: De Beauvoir Block, 92-96 De Beauvoir Road, London N1 4EN

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Paul Embery: “Our politicians are scared of working class identity.”

Paul Embery has been a firefighter in the London Fire Brigade for 20 years and serves on the Executive Council of the Fire Brigades Union. A member of the Labour Party since 1994, he is also the national organiser of Trade Unionists Against the EU.

Dana Qarout: “Education has not liberated women in Jordan – yet.”

Dana Qarout is a Weidenfeld-Hoffman scholar at Oxford University. Previously, Dana worked for the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development in Jordan, working to reform the public education sector and develop subject-specific teaching standards. Dana’s main focus has been on the use of data within the design of education policies.

Bee Rowlatt: “Mary still matters: Rediscovering Wollstonecraft.”

Bee Rowlatt is a writer and journalist. Her current book, In Search of Mary, is inspired by the life of Mary Wollstonecraft. Her best-selling Talking Abour Jane Austen in Baghdad was dramatised by the BBC. Bee contributed to Virago’s Fifty Shades of Feminism and has clocked over two decades at BBC World Service (now freelance).

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De Beauvoir Balloon Debate, Winter 2018

Date: Thursday, November 29th 2018

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start

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

 

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SARA-LOUISE BURKE: ‘The Personal is always Political’.

Sara-Louise Burke is Subject Leader for English & Literacy at the Bushey Academy. In 2018, she was involved in fighting the Windrush scandal, campaigning for the rights of British-Caribbeans threatened with deportation. She has recently started Purple Hued Views, a blog and book club in which she discusses her life experiences and other topics from a womanist perspective.

CAROLINE COX: ‘International aid is both pain and privilege’.

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005.  She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006-2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing. She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International) and is Founder and President of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust). Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict zones all over the world.

DAVE RICH:  ‘Labour’s Jewish problem is all of our problem’.

Dr Dave Rich is a British author and expert on antisemitism. He is an Associate Research Fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Head of Policy at the Community Security Trust (CST). He holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. His book, The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti‑Semitism (2016) began as his doctoral dissertation.

 

De Beauvoir Balloon Debate, Summer 2018

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start         

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. An economist specialising in macro-economic forecasting, he 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. 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.

 

 

 

De Beauvoir Balloon Debate, Spring 2018

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start         

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.

De Beauvoir Balloon Debate, Autumn 2017

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.

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.

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.

De Beauvoir Balloon Debate, Summer 2017

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 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.

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.

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.