- About Us
- Our Aims
- What We Do
- Who We Are
- SCT’s Founding Patron – Václav Havel
- SCT’s Advisory Council
- Rt Hon Jack Straw MP
- Lord Richard Best OBE
- Fiona Booth
- Professor Stephen Coleman
- Marius Dragomir
- Clare Ettinghausen
- John Howell MP
- Sunder Katwala
- Baroness Glenys Kinnock
- John Lloyd
- Emma MacLennan
- John Micklethwait
- Peter Riddell
- Michael Smyth CBE
- Matthew Taylor
- Stephen Twigg MP
- Lord Tyler of Linkinhorne
- Monique Villa
- Lord Wright of Richmond
- David R. Young
- RT Hon Sir George Young MP
- SCT’s Trustees
- SCT’s Director – Peter Bradley
- Our Partners
- Speakers’ Corner Projects
- Get Involved – Start Your Own Project!
- UK Projects
- International Projects
- Special Initiatives
- Guidance Notes
- Getting Started
- Speakers’ Corner Committees
- Planning Events
- Organising Events
- Conducting Events
- Guidance Notes
- Free Speech Debate – 24 December 2014
- Flex Photography Blog – 22 September 2014
- Croydon Advertiser – 27 June 2014
- Medway Messenger – 13 June 2014
- Reading Post – 14 March 2014
- Yorkshire Evening Post – 11 March 2013
- Free Speech Debate – 22 February 2013
- The Guardian – 18 October 2012
- Bradford Telegraph & Argus – 17 October 2012
- Sheffield Star – 13 October 2012
- Sampsonia Way – 28 June 2012
- Evening Standard – 13 July 2011
- Nottingham Evening Post – 23 September 2010
- Waltham Forest Guardian – 17 September 2010
- Lincolnshire Echo – 17 September 2010
- Lincolnshire Echo – 23 November 2009
- Waltham Forest Guardian – 19 November 2009
- Lichfield Mercury – 22 June 2009
- Birmingham Mail – 7 May 2009
- Express & Star – 31 March 2009
- Nottingham Evening Post – 26 February 2009
- Lichfield Mercury – 5 December 2008
- Lichfield Mercury – 29 October 2008
- Lichfield Mercury – 11 October 2008
- The Liverpudlian – 23 July 2008
- Christian Science Monitor – 11 June 2008
- IPRA Frontline – 2 June 2008
- The Guardian – 22 April 2008
- The Oldie – 1 April 2008
- The Municipal Journal – 26 March 2008
- Nottingham Evening Post – 26 February 2008
- The Guardian – 27 February 2008
- The Guardian – 22 February 2008
- The Daily Star – 17 February 2008
- Nottingham Evening Post – 11 February 2008
- Local Government First – 20 October 2007
- Nottingham Evening Post – 22 September 2007
- RSA Journal – 25 June 2007
- PR Week – 18 May 2007
- Czech Business Weekly – 5 February 2007
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- Contact Us
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.
People’s Hustings Return for 2015 Elections
People’s Hustings – piloted with such success in 2010 – are to take place at a number of Speakers’ Corners in the run-up to the general election in May. Plans are already in hand in Nottingham and Lichfield and others are set to follow.
The initiative is designed to help revitalise the flagging tradition of face-to-face political engagement which, in providing a platform for candidates, also renders them accountable to the voters.
But this proposal goes an important step further by enabling the public rather than the politicians to set the agenda. At each, a diverse range of voluntary groups are invited to set out their priorities for the next government; members of the public are encouraged to express their views and the party candidates are asked to respond spontaneously to what they’ve heard. A broader debate can then follow.
You can find a report on 2010′s People’s Hustings with a link which provides guidance on how to organise your own here.
- People’s Hustings Return for 2015 Elections
SCT is a small and cost-efficient registered charity with very low overheads. Since we were formed in 2007, we have successfully extended the scope and reach of our work through partnership and collaboration rather than by increasing our own size and costs. That remains our strategy.
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, Owen Tudor of the TUC and a member of the Robin Hood Tax steering committee and Malcolm Small of the Institute of Directors debate The Financial Transaction Tax - Social Justice or Economic Folly?
Nigeria Speakers’ Corner
Speaking of Free Speech
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”— George Washington, 1732-1799,
first US President
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.