Speakers’ Corner Trust is a charity which promotes freedom of expression, public debate and active citizenship.
The rights to free speech and assembly lie at the heart of all our civil liberties. They are the aspiration of those who strive for freedom and the prize for those who have achieved it. Without them democracy cannot flourish.
SCT believes that rediscovering the importance of hard-won rights which we increasingly take for granted has become a pressing priority. There is an urgent need to promote open discussion and debate which enable citizens to express and exchange their ideas and opinions in ways which strengthen both their relationships with each other and their influence on the decision-making process.
SCT helps to develop local projects which encourage citizens literally to come back down their garden paths to engage with each other in debate about the issues that matter to them – whatever they may be. Without those face-to-face conversations between neighbours, there can be little basis for consensus, cooperation or community itself. With them, anything becomes possible.
That experience can be not only enriching and empowering but, in SCT’s view, is also the best way to develop the mutual respect and sense of common purpose which underpin vibrant, cohesive communities.
We’re working too to create programmes and resources which, through the power and reach of the internet, can help inform and stimulate rational and respectful debate both about the big issues of the day and about the world of ideas.
Your support would, for example, help us to develop our proposals for 'Speaking of Liberty', a dramatised educational documentary film which, through commentary and performance, will celebrate the historic speeches, texts and documents which inspired the development of democracy and the rights of citizens throughout the world.
SCT is a small, highly cost efficient charity which achieves an impact well beyond its size principally through partnership and collaboration with much larger organisations. We intend to remain small but we do need to cover our core costs and fund our ambitious programmes.
Your support will be very much appreciated.