• debating london

    The free public debate series run by the Great Debaters Club

    It's our birthday and we have a gift for you

    The Masterclass Pass - 7 masterclasses for £99

     

    Nine years ago today, we held our first meeting in a Fleet Street pub. There were just seven of us there. Today, we have a network of over 6000 supporters, and a year-round training programme for members.

    We have sent those members to debate with military officers in France and government ministers in India, while running training programmes in Rwanda. Above all, they have become close friends and valued members of our community who we look forward to seeing at each of our monthly debates and training workshops.

    You made this possible, so we have a gift for you.

    Perspectives not personalities

    Debating London is a bi-monthly series of free public debates on topical issues that divide public opinion. The audience is presented with a proposal facing real-life decision-makers that they must vote to accept or reject with the help of our panel, who must make the case for and against the motion.

     

    Instead of inviting guest speakers to sit on this panel, we ask members of our training programme to defend the competing perspectives shaping the debate in their own words. We then invite our audience to interact with those perspectives by asking questions and advancing their own opinions with our speakers staying ‘in character’ throughout when responding to them.

     

    By the end of the evening, we measure success not based on which side wins the debate, but by how confident the audience are to make their final decision. So far in 2018, the topics we have debated include: making Bitcoin a legal currency, nationalising utility companies, staying in the EU customs union, and holding consumers responsible for ending the plastic waste crisis.

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