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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Heather, a left-wing feminist from the north of England, and Jordan, a right-wing conservative from the USA. They're in a committed relationship and love each other dearly, yet disagree on 'almost' everything. In this episode, Io and Tony find out how embracing disagreement has helped them to understand each other better, how it brought them together in the first place, and what advice they have for couples who discover they have opposing views on issues they care about, like Brexit.
In this episode, hosts, Io and Tony, talk to lawyer, Surya Kumaravel, about the stereotypes of being a debater at university before pursuing a career in the law. We also talk about whether people who come across debate clubs at school or university find them inclusive or not.