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.


  • Speakers’ Corner at the Being Human Festival

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    Following the success of the debates they organised in the British Library’s piazza to coincide with its Propaganda, Power & Persuasion exhibition in 2013, SCT and the Library joined forces again to promote two Speakers’ Corner events at the Too Much Information – Being human in a digital age event at London University’s Senate House on 15 November 2014.

    The first, on Truth, Propaganda and Purpose, was introduced by the Guardian columnist Zoe Williams and the second, on Truth, Lies and the Individual, was led by Jeremy Gilbert, Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London.Both debates attracted large audiences and stimulated lively debate among them.

  • Speakers’ Corner at the British Library

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

    Four open-air lunchtime debates took place over 45 minutes between 2 and 5 September in the Poet’s Circle in the Library’s piazza. Distinguished experts in their fields made brief introductions to themes – which addressed 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 – before opening up the debate to all comers. All the events took place in warm sunshine and stimulated lively debate among attentive and appreciative audiences.

  • 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.

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