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You can now book your seat at our debate at the Oxford Union on Tuesday 10th November, where speakers including Guardian journalist Sali Hughes and face equality campaigner James Partridge will explore whether it is acceptable to spend more on beauty than on charitable giving.

In what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking experience, OCF’s second debate in the historic Oxford Union will bring together an audience of donors and their guests with a prestigious line-up of speakers to do battle around the motion:

This house believes that there is nothing wrong with spending more on looking good than doing good.

Leading thinkers from around the world have thrown their hat into the ring to discuss the issues of their time at the Oxford Union, including several British prime ministers. It promises to be a unique event in a prestigious and exclusive venue, as well as the chance to think about our personal motivations behind giving. As part of the event we will engage with people from all perspectives, and explore how the personal choices and decisions we each make are contributing to the values and culture of the society we live in. In so doing, we hope to gain a better understanding of what we as individuals can do to address the real needs of those in our communities.

The following speakers and contributors are confirmed to take part in the debate:

  • James Bevan, CCLA Chief Executive and frequent commentator on finance, economics and investing for the BBC, Sky, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg and a number of journals
  • Danny Dorling, academic and controversial author of Inequality and the 1%
  • Sali Hughes, award-winning Guardian beauty journalist and author of Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion
  • Nigel Mercer, cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon and President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • John Nickson, author of Giving Is Good For You: Why Britain should be bothered and give more
  • James Partridge, CEO of Changing Faces, face equality campaigner, and Beacon Award winner for philanthropy

If you are interested in attending the debate, please contact to book a place.