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 that come across debate clubs at school or university find them inclusive or not.