Dare to Disagree

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January 13, 2021  

Dare to Disagree - meet the BBC journalist who explains how newsrooms decide to cover the stories that divide us the most

Meet Charlotte Rose, a broadcast journalist and political reporter for the BBC. In this episode, Charlotte talks to hosts Io and Tony about the dilemmas news organisations face when reporting on debates that evoke strong feelings on both sides, especially when the available evidence supports one side more than the other. She also talks about the role constructive disagreement plays in deciding which stories to cover in the first place and how the way we consume news is just as responsible - if not more so- for the polarisation of public discourse today.

December 17, 2020  

Dare to Disagree - meet the defence expert whose job is to play Devil’s Advocate to the British Army

Meet Jack Watling, a research fellow for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the world's oldest defence and security think tank. In this episode, Jack talks to hosts Io and Tony about how learning to debate at school and working as a journalist earlier in his career prepared him to be the person the British Army's top brass call on to challenge and improve their plans for keeping the country safe in the years ahead. He also shares some tried and tested advice on how to manage nerves before a big meeting or presentation and how to work out which arguments are worth having.

December 9, 2020  

Dare to Disagree - meet the doctor and leader using disagreement to make the NHS more inclusive

Meet Latifa Patel, the youngest ever Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association Representative Body and the first woman of colour to hold the position. In this episode, Latifa talks to hosts Tony and Io about the structural changes needed to make decision-making in the NHS more inclusive and how the Coronavirus pandemic has inadvertently accelerated them. She also talks movingly about how her childhood shaped her approach to disagreement today and how, despite her seniority, she still has to contend with cultural stereotyping by her peers.

November 3, 2020  

Dare to Disagree - US election 2020 special (S2 E1)

Meet Paul Hayes, the Director of Debate for George Washington University in Washington D.C. In this episode, the first of series 2 of Dare to Disagree, hosts Io and Tony talk to Paul about his pioneering work to raise the bar of public discourse in America and his views on the value of Presidential election debates. He also shares his uplifting message of why, in spite of the polarisation of American politics today, he remains optimistic about the future.

August 5, 2020  

Dare to Disagree - series 1 review: what we learned from our guests about the benefits of embracing disagreement

After 7 interviews in 7 weeks since they launched this new podcast, hosts Io and Tony take stock of what they have learned from their guests over this first series. If you're just discovering this podcast now or haven't yet had the chance to listen to most of the interviews, this episode will summarise all of them for you and hopefully leave you wanting to go back and listen to each of them yourself afterwards.

July 29, 2020  

Dare to Disagree - meet the professional campaigner whose job is to change your mind

Meet Shaughan Dolan, the campaigns director of a movement to nurture a new generation of purpose-led businesses with almost a decade's experience of changing minds for charitable causes and political parties. In this fascinating deep-dive into what it takes to win over people who disagree with you, hosts, Io and Tony, talk to Shaughan about his love affair with competitive debating and how it has shaped the way he approaches trying to change someone else's mind.

July 22, 2020  

Dare to Disagree - meet the facilitator who brings people together for the most difficult conversations they will ever have

Meet Charlotte Calkin, trainer, coach, and Director of the award-winning Restorative Engagement Forum. In this episode, Charlotte tells Io and Tony the truth of what it's like to work in restorative justice and why it could not be further from the 'pink and fluffy' stigma often attached to it. She explains what neighbourhoods and offices can learn from prisons about resolving disputes, and why moving away from a shame and blame culture is essential to addressing the problem of extreme polarisation.

July 15, 2020  

Dare to Disagree - meet the barrister who can teach you how to beat Boris Johnson in a debate

Meet Grahame Anderson, and employment, equalities, and sports barrister, who recently made the headlines with his analysis of why Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, keeps beating Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in parliamentary debates. In this episode, Grahame talks to hosts, Io and Tony, about the difference between debating in a court of law and the court of public opinion, the toll that having to sometimes defend 'the baddies' takes on him as a person, and why he feels the future of civil public discourse relies on all of us making an effort to do it too.

July 8, 2020  

Dare to Disagree - meet the entrepreneur and former CEO who wants you to argue with your boss more

Meet Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur, writer, and former CEO of five tech companies, famous to many for her numerous TED talks, including her first from way back in 2012: 'Dare to Disagree'. In this episode, she explains to hosts, Io and Tony, why it's better to be a 'debater' not a 'pleaser' at work, what leaders can do to create the culture of trust and openness necessary to make people feel comfortable with what she calls 'constructive conflict', and why this can mean the difference between survival and failure in response to crises like the Coronavirus pandemic.

July 1, 2020  

Dare to disagree - meet the teacher changing the way an entire country deals with conflict

Meet Jean-Michel Habineza, Director of iDebate Rwanda, the NGO that uses debate to teach young people across east Africa how to "think and speak a better world". Growing up in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide that killed almost a million people, Jean-Michel has made it his life's work to instil a commitment to non-violent conflict in the next generation of Rwandan leaders. In this episode, you will hear the stories of the students he has inspired and find out how you can help him to write the next and most ambitious chapter of this incredible story.


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