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- Croydon Advertiser – 27 June 2014
- Medway Messenger – 13 June 2014
- Reading Post – 14 March 2014
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- Free Speech Debate – 22 February 2013
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- Sampsonia Way – 28 June 2012
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- Lichfield Mercury – 29 October 2008
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Speakers’ Corner Trust is a registered charity which promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship.
Our approach is based on the belief that association between citizens and the free, face-to-face exchange of ideas, information and opinions – with each other as well as with the decision-takers among them – is a key to rebuilding trust and participation in community life and governance in Britain and developing vibrant civil institutions and robust rights in emerging democracies.
Programmes & Projects
SCT has three core programmes, the first focused on creating a national network of local Speakers' Corner projects in the UK, the second on undertaking initiatives overseas and the third on developing educational resources designed to encourage and enable people to express their ideas and opinions in public. More
Special Initiatives & Resources
SCT has formed a number of partnerships with major organisations which enable it to pursue projects which it could not undertake alone. It has, for example, worked with the Southbank Centre on the production of Speaking Out, a download introducing the basic skills required for confident speaking in public, and with Central St Martins College of Art and Design on the creation of prototype Speakers’ Corners.More
Youth Amplified is free to use and features videos, animations and downloadable guides for teachers and youth workers designed to help 11-18 year-olds develop effective speaking and listening skills and confidence in using them.
The website is the outcome of a nine month project by SCT and the University of Leeds supported by the BAFTA-winning digital design agency Bold Creative and funded buy the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. You can access Youth Amplified here.
Flex Photography Blog – 22 September 2014
Medway Speakers’ Corner
by Joanne Murray
High noon on Saturday saw Chathamites ready to duel… with words!
Medway Speakers’ Corner (MSC) was pitched by the Anchor, on Military Road in Chatham, for an exposition of free speech and equality. This was an opportunity for the people of Medway to, well, speak! On this open forum, developed by the Speakers’ Corner Trust, working with the local MSC Committee, we heard a wide variety of people express their views, from those who had come to speak, to passers-by, who stopped, heard and were moved to vent their own opinions. Despite the common apathy that we hear so much about in today’s Media, it was encouraging to hear that so many people do feel passionate about our society and want to strive to make it better place, for all of us!
Tom de Havas spoke about several issues, including our education system. He was concerned that there is a “clever / not clever” divide, which he believes causes more problems than it solves. He used an analogy of different types of transport serving different needs, to make the point that the different types of “clever” serve different needs in our society and so should be equally valued and encouraged, within education.
Zoë Kuhn replied to Tom’s exposition, with concerns that parents may be excessively passing responsibility for their own children’s needs on to the state. She stated that she did not see a problem with the separation of pupils by ability and that she didn’t think it was the school’s job to make education more interesting. Instead, she is more concerned about the “nanny state” and wants parents to, “make more of an effort, to work on children’s interests, rather than expecting schools to do everything.”
Jack Wood spoke about the prevalence in … read more »
- Flex Photography Blog – 22 September 2014
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But like any other charity we do have to meet our modest costs and your support would be very much appreciated.
Forum for Debate
In the latest in our series of online debates, Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future, and David Coleman, Emeritus Professor of Demography at Oxford University, debate Immigration and the UK – If There’s a Problem, What’s the Solution?
Nigeria Speakers’ Corner
Speaking of Free Speech
“Freedom to speak… can be maintained only by promoting debate.”— Walter Lippmann, 1889-1974, American journalist
Freedom of Expression
"Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of democratic life. It is by the free exchange of ideas among citizens about how they should live together and how they should be governed that we create and sustain the democratic society. So the rights to free association and expression are scarcely less important than the right to live in peace and free from want."
Václav Havel, playwright, former President of the Czech Republic, Founding Patron of Speakers’ Corner Trust
Forum for Debate
SCT's online Forum for Debate provides a space for leading academics, campaigners and commentators to set out balanced arguments on key contemporary issues as a means of stimulating wider public debate about them.
Each debate is supplemented by an invaluable bibliography of further reading provided by the British Library.