Special Initiatives

SCT has formed a number of partnerships with major organisations through which it is able to pursue special initiatives which it could not undertake alone. It has, for example, worked with the Southbank Centre on the production of Speaking Out, a download designed to provide an introduction to the basic skills required for speaking in public, and with Central St Martins College of Art & Design, part of the University of the Arts London, on the design of prototype Speakers’ Corners.


  • Designing Speakers’ Corners

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    SCT has worked with Central St Martins College of Art & Design, part of the University of the Arts London, on the design of a prototype Speakers’ Corner which was successfully trialled at the Global Forum for Freedom of Expression in Oslo in June 2009. Subject to funding, SCT now plans to work with partners on the design of a mobile Speakers’ Corner.

  • Speaking in Public

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    Everyone has good ideas and strong opinions. But few have the confidence or experience to communicate them to others. SCT jointly commissioned with the Southbank Centre a downloadable film Speaking Out! which provides a fifteen-minute introduction to the basic skills required to speak confidently and effectively in public.

  • Speakers’ Corner at the British Library

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    SCT is collaborating with the British Library in a series of mini debates to take place during the Library’s ground-breaking Propaganda: Power and Persuasion exhibition which runs from 17 May to 17 September 2013.

    Four open-air lunchtime debates will take place over 45 minutes between 2 and 5 September in the Poet’s Circle in the Library’s piazza. Following brief introductions to the theme by distinguishedexperts in their fields, the debates will be open to all-comers and will address such questions as whether propaganda can serve a public interest, how it interacts with new media, its influence on the news and its relationship with free speech.

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