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Friday, 1 August 2014

Friday Night Soapbox (NEW)

DATE: Friday 22 August
TIME: 7 pm - 10 pm
VENUE: Quaker House, 8 Hop Gardens (off St Martin's Lane), WC2N 4EH

Friday Night Soapbox

Eventbrite - Friday Night Soapbox

Friday Night Soapbox is your opportunity to let yourself go after a long week of being on your best behaviour. 
Every opinion you kept to yourself, every debate you didn't have, and every point you didn't make - in the name of being polite and professional - is welcome here.
In addition, before anybody does any speaking, you get a free drink and half and hour to relax and get to know everyone.
How does it work? 
The format is simple. We start with a panel of pre-selected speakers to warm everyone up and we give them a few minutes to express their opinion on a topic of their choice and then we ask the audience (that's you) if they agree or disagree with what they have to say. After we take a few comments from either side, we move on to the next speaker.
Once you're all warmed up, we hand over the floor to you and give you 3 minutes to say ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING (well there are one or two exceptions - see below). Best of all, you get feedback as we ask other audience members who agree or disagree with you to share their reasons, which makes for a great conversation starter too when we all head to the pub afterwards.
What are the rules?
No heckling - it takes courage to stand up and speak in front of a room of strangers and that courage deserves respect.
No abusive language - keep it clean and don't use the soapbox to attack someone else in the room: we're all there to have a good time.
No alcohol - mainly because it greatly increases the chances of breaking rules one and two, but also because it is the only request our hosts have made of us and we intend to honour it.
How to pay and where your money will go:
Admission is £10 per person (online or on the door), which also gets you a free soft drink.
Aside from covering the cost of the venue and drinks, all proceeds from this event will be donated to Debate Camp Rwanda, a non-profit training programme for young Rwandans in public speaking and critical thinking - www.debatecamp2014.org 

Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The privacy debate: do we have a right to be forgotten?


DATE: Wednesday 13 August
TIME: 7.30 pm
VENUE: Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL

Do we have a right to be forgotten?

Eventbrite - The privacy debate: do we have a right to be forgotten?

Who should decide what results the internet brings up about you? It used to be up to whichever company held your data, such as Google, but now the European Court of Justice has ruled otherwise.

This May, in response to a case brought by a man in Spain, the court ruled that Google must take down "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" data from its results when a member of the public requests it. 

Is this good news? Opinion is divided. Privacy campaigners say the law will protect victims of on-line abuse, such as revenge porn, by allowing them to demand that offensive material be taken down. There are fears in the press, though, that the law amounts to legal censorship.


You decide.

Speakers and debate format:

The Central London Debating Society is primarily a club for beginners, so we prioritise speakers with little or no experience for places on our panel. Each speaker has five minutes to make their case with the bulk of the debate dedicated to responding to questions and comments from the audience. The result is decided by a public vote.

Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Summer of Debating at CLDS


Summer of Debating at CLDS

We have an exciting July ahead with a debate on the future of FIFA and our first ever debating competition with the proceeds of both events going to African charity iDebate Rwanda, with whom the Central London Debating Society will be working in December to train young Rwandans how to be effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

The alternative FIFA debate – Wednesday 09 July
 Tea House Theatre @ 7.30 pm

The signature event of the Central London Debating Society, this month’s public debate asks whether the continuing accusations of corruption in FIFA mean it is time for the government to take action and create an alternative.

If you would like to speak in this debate or just attend as an observer, simply come along on the night. Speaking will be a panel of volunteers made up from the society’s membership and everybody will be given a chance to contribute their own questions and comments too.

Eventbrite - The alternative FIFA Debate

The Summer Debating Competition – Sunday 27 July
New College of the Humanities @ 9 am – 9 pm

It’s competition time and we're taking over the New College of the Humanities for a day of debating. The theme of the competition will be international relations with debaters of all skill levels from total novices to seasoned pros competing for the crown.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to hold your own under pressure in a competitive debate and receive instant feedback from a team of experienced judges, then this is for you. Alternatively, if you’re fascinated by high diplomacy, rogue states, and international espionage, then you’re in for a great day

Find out more including details on how to take part here

Eventbrite - Summer Debating Competition

Joining CLDS

Membership of the Debating society
 is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Next debate: Should Tony Blair be charged for war crimes?

DATE: Wednesday 11 June
TIME: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
VENUE: Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL

Eventbrite - The London Debate: Should Tony Blair be prosecuted for war crimes?

This House would put Tony Blair on trial for war crimes

The decision by the Blair government to take the UK into the Iraq war in 2003 was one of the most controversial political decisions the last decade. The famous UN resolution 1441 was judged insufficient by many legal experts to justify the invasion of Iraq. However after seeking and failing to get a second UN resolution that would have authorised the use of military force the UK government decided to go to war with Iraq anyway.

Supporters of the war state that the war was justified by Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction and his past history of using them. Saddam possessed no WMDs, a fact which those against the war say that Blair knew or at least should have been more cautious in assuming, and thus going to war was a bad decision. Some go further, claiming that the war in Iraq could not be justified by any of the possible legal justifications for war, and thus those who prosecuted the war are criminals. But is this correct? Would putting Tony Blair on trail in the Hague be in the public interest? Is international law ready to prosecute a former leader of a G20 country?

You decide.
 
How to take part

Simply turn up on the night and offer your comments and questions from the audience. If you would like to sign up to be a panelist in the debate, drop us an email at info@clds.org.uk.

Further reading

Joining CLDS

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Next debate: rent control

DATE: Wednesday 14 May
TIME: 7.30 pm
VENUE: Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL

'THIS HOUSE WOULD INTRODUCE RENT CONTROL IN LONDON'

Renting in London costs twice as much as anywhere else in the UK, according to a study by Gumtree earlier this year with one bedroom flats costing an average of £1211 per month and two beds £1605 per month. This compared with an overall average of just £665 per month across the rest of the UK.

Is this simply the price we pay for living in one of the world's most attractive cities or is the cost of renting in London now simply too high? Rent controls are not a new idea and are already practiced in other countries, but would it work in London or would it make the situation even worse?

Is it time to introduce rent controls in London? You decide.

How to take part:
Simply turn up on the night and offer your comments and questions from the audience. If you would like to sign up to be a panelist in the debate, drop us an email at info@clds.org.uk.

Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Europe Debate: have your say

DATE: Monday 12 May
TIME: 7 pm
VENUE: Old Bank of England, Fleet Street, EC4A 2LT

Eventbrite - The People's EU Debate


'This House Believes the three main political parties are right to insist that the UK should remain at the heart of Europe'

• Did you see Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage debate the EU?
• Would you like have your say?
• Join us for the People's EU Debate on May 12

The Central London Debating Society and the Sylvans Debating Society are teaming up to bring you the people's EU debate. More than 60 debaters turned up to our last event at Europe House on April 2nd to watch Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, hold the first public debate on the issue in 40 years.

Join us as we hold one final public debate just ten days before the European elections, except this time you'll be doing the speaking.The debate will feature a one to one face-off between the keynote speakers before the floor is opened to you to offer your views.


Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Great Shakespeare Debate - Wednesday 30 April

DATE: Wednesday 30 April
TIME: 7 pm - 9 pm
VENUE: Old Cock Tavern, London, EC4Y 1AA

Eventbrite - The Great Shakespeare Debate


The Great Shakespeare Debate

The Debate
Last week, the world celebrated the birth of William Shakespeare, whose legendary works have echoed through the ages long after his death, shaped the evolution of the arts, and are still taught today to children and students across the English speaking world. Yet, there are some who argue that he never even existed or that at least someone else was responsible for the literature that has made him one of the most famous figures in the history of man.

We ask: does the true identity of Shakespeare the man even matter?

On 30th April 2014 at the Ye Olde Cock Tavern, a panel of experts will debate this very question and it's broader relevance to society at large. Come on down for what is sure to be a stimulating and enlightening evening!

The Panel
• William Leahy of Brunel University in London
• Ros Barber (author of "The Marlowe Papers" and "Shakespeare: The Evidence")
• Alan H.Nelson (author of "Monstrous Adversary")
• Alexander Waugh of the Shakspeare Authorship Coalition
• Alain English (Chair)

Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!