PEOPLE

  • Joel Cohen

    Communications Manager

    BeyondMe

    Joel manages communications and growth at BeyondMe, a movement of young professionals who donate time, skills and money to a range of charities working in London. Prior to BeyondMe, Joel co-ordinated volunteers for the UK’s toughest schools’ debating competition, Debating Matters, and worked to establish the competition in Israel. As an associate fellow of the Academy of Ideas, Joel is a regular convener and chair of debates at Europe’s premier ideas festival, the Battle of Ideas, and has written on a range of issues across civic life, education, politics, international affairs and the arts. In 2016 he co-founded Invoke Democracy Now!, a campaign group working for democratic renewal after Brexit. Joel graduated with a BA in Politics from SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and once survived driving from London to Ghana in a Ford Fiesta.

DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY

Championship: London South 2018

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Qualifying Round: Bromley 2016/17

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Qualifying Round: Bromley 2016/17

DEBATE: Political Parties

Qualifying Round: ARK South 2015/16

DEBATE: Doping in Sport

Qualifying Round: Cornwall 2014/15

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles

Qualifying Round: Devon 2014/15

DEBATE: Fracking

Qualifying Round: South Wales 2014/15

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles

Qualifying Round: South Wales 2014/15

DEBATE: Fracking

Qualifying Round: South Wales 2014/15

DEBATE: Art Censorship

Regional Final: West & South Wales 2013/14

DEBATE: Smacking

Qualifying Round: Hertfordshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Energy Futures

Qualifying Round: Hertfordshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Boozy Britain

Qualifying Round: Brighton & Hove 2011/12

DEBATE: Supermarkets

Qualifying Round: South London 2011/12

DEBATE: Public Health

Qualifying Round: Derry 2010/11

DEBATE: Sportspeople as Role Models

Qualifying Round: Derry 2010/11

DEBATE: Extremism on Campus

Qualifying Round: North Wales 2010/11

DEBATE: Privacy Online

Qualifying Round: North Wales 2010/11

DEBATE: Genetic Screening

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre



CHAMPIONSHIP ARCHIVE

Find a list of all our previous championship events here.



SUPPORT DEBATING MATTERS

Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.

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