Spring Debate, Thursday March 8th

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

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

Javier_Pes_web    Iqbal_Wahhab_web      Alicia_Weston_web

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

IQBAL WAHHAB: “Businesses and charities must regain their soul.”

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.

Iqbal Wahhab OBE ran his own hospitality PR business and Indian food publication, Tandoori Magazine, before creating the multi-award-winning restaurant Cinnamon Club in 2001. In 2003 he co-authored ‘The Cinnamon Club Cookbook’ and in 2005 opened Roast, a British restaurant and bar in Borough Market. Iqbal was voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey and The Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 business start-up mentors.  He chairs the social enterprises Mum’s The Chef and Bounceback, and is engaged in the prison reform agenda. In 2016 he wrote ‘Charity Sucks’, a polemic published by Biteback.

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. Operating in 7 London boroughs, Bags of Taste has now expanded outside the capital.

Advertisements

De Beauvoir Debates

Crypt

The De Beauvoir Balloon Debate brings together insightful, passionate speakers and three thought-provoking topics in one enjoyable evening. We ask our audience: if you could save one brilliant idea out of three in a hot air balloon – which would it be?

Hosted in the welcoming crypt of St Peter’s Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA, the evening is punctuated with a glass of wine and convivial company. Come and join us for an evening of cerebral refreshment.

Entry is free, and there is a donation bar. The evening relies on donations to pay for church hire and refreshments. Please give what you can.

Getting here: Haggerston Overground, and five-minute walk. Alternatively, buses 243 and 149 (alight at Haggerston), or buses 21, 141 and 76 (alight at Northchurch Road).

The next debate will be in Spring 2018. Sign up to the newsletter to receive an alert.

Autumn Debate, Thursday Oct 19th

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start
Location: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA.

Eventbrite - The Autumn 2017 De Beauvoir Balloon Debate

Kit-Collingwood-Richardson-150x150
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
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.
Rachel_Box
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 is Debating!

IMG_6002

The De Beauvoir Balloon Debate brings together insightful, passionate speakers and three thought-provoking topics in one enjoyable evening. We ask our audience: if you could save one brilliant idea out of three in a hot air balloon – which would it be?

Hosted in the welcoming crypt of St Peter’s Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA, the evening is punctuated with a glass of wine and convivial company. Come and join us for an evening of cerebral refreshment.

Entry is free, and there is a donation bar. The evening relies on donations to pay for church hire and refreshments. Please give what you can.

Getting here: Haggerston Overground, and five-minute walk. Alternatively, buses 243 and 149 (alight at Haggerston), or buses 21, 141 and 76 (alight at Northchurch Road).

The next debate will be in Autumn 2017. Sign up to the newsletter to receive an alert.

Summer 2017 Debate

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

Oliver Bullough

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.

Kassandra_Gordon

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.

AngusKennedy

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.

De Beauvoir is Debating!

IMG_6002

The De Beauvoir Balloon Debate brings together insightful, passionate speakers and thought-provoking topics in one enjoyable evening. We ask our audience: if you could save one brilliant idea out of three in a hot air balloon – which would it be?

Hosted in the welcoming crypt of St Peter’s Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA, the evening is punctuated with a glass of wine and convivial company. Come and join us for an evening of inspiration.

Entry is free, and there is a donation bar. The evening relies on donations to pay for church hire and refreshments. Please give what you can.

Getting here: Haggerston Overground, and five-minute walk. Alternatively, buses 243 and 149 (alight at Haggerston), or buses 21, 141 and 76 (alight at Northchurch Road).

READ ABOUT OUR SPRING 2017 DEBATE.     Read more about us.

NEXT DEBATE: WEDNESDAY JUNE 21ST.

Spring 2017 Debate

READ ABOUT THE DEBATE HERE.

julia-hobsbawm

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).

azhar

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.

mark-chavez

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.