Charter for Responsible Debate
The Young Academy of Scotland proposes nine general principles for responsible public debate. They are based on our belief that joint decision-making should be informed, respectful and inclusive.
We hope that these principles will kick-start some wider conversations about how we can listen well to each other, even when we disagree, and how we can work together to find common ground and a sense of shared purpose. This is key to improving the culture of debate in all areas of our lives: in person and on social media, locally, nationally and internationally.
Will you join our growing movement? By signing up to the YAS Charter for Responsible Debate you will be pledging your commitment to trying out its principles in your day-to-day life. You will also be sending a signal to others involved in public debate, that you want them to uphold the values of the charter.
As you try them out in day-to-day life, we encourage you to adapt and refine the nine general principles to suit different settings and situations. Please let us know how you get on! Your feedback will be invaluable as we work to improve the culture of public debate together.
- Aim for accuracy, and base your contributions on evidence and experience.
- Talk to people with different beliefs, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.
- Be honest in how you communicate, and speak with conviction for what you believe.
- Listen carefully, open-mindedly, and with empathy.
- Use emotional language judiciously, avoiding disrespectful or inflammatory language.
- Show appreciation for good points made by others, acknowledging when they change your mind.
- Communicate in ways that unite rather than divide.
- Try to address imbalances in power, knowledge and accessibility.
- Seek to identify common ground and shared purpose.
|47||Kathryn Elmer||Univ. of Glasgow|
|46||Catherine Ashby||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh|
|45||Ruth Bowness||University of Bath|
|44||Aude Le Guennec||Heriot-Watt University|
|43||Steven Ford||University of Strathclyde|
|41||Willie Rennie||Scottish Liberal Democrats|
|40||Anas Sarwar MSP||Scottish Labour Party|
|39||Ulrich Schmiedel||University of Edinburgh|
|38||Gary Kerr||Young Academy of Scotland|
|37||Marion Slater||NHS Grampian|
|36||Mia Burleigh||University of the West of Scotland|
|34||John O'Connor||Blackfriars, University of Oxford|
|33||Caroline Muellenbroich||University of Glasgow|
|32||Ana Paula Fonseca||Edinburgh Napier University|
|31||Samantha Pitt||University of St Andrews|
|30||Murray Ferguson||Cairngorms National Park Authority|
|29||Beth Cross||University of the West of Scotland|
|28||Andy Gardner||University of St Andrews|
|27||Anne Glover||University of Strathclyde|
|26||Ourania Varsou||University of Glasgow|
|25||Eamon Keane||The University of Edinburgh|
|24||Henry Lovat||University of Glasgow|
|23||Fiona Henriquez||University of the West of Scotland|
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