Afternoon Tea Debate

“This House believes that the growth of mobile and online payment services has made it harder for young people to manage their money responsibly.”

Monday, 2nd December 2013 – 5pm until 8pm            

Addleshaw Goddard LLP, London EC1                                   

The motion will be proposed and opposed by six students and recent graduates who are seasoned University debaters.  This is a unique opportunity to hear from a group of eloquent young people and pose your questions.  Debaters include:

David Jones, Georgie Parker, Mark Eastham, John Harper, Ioan Nascu.

Chair:  William James, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

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We all put Generation Y at the front of the queue when launching new electronic and mobile payment services.  We rely on them adopting these services and spreading the word via their prolific use of social media and networks. We claim to design customer journeys with their lifestyle in mind.  Yet do we spend time in endless focus groups finding out if they are able to cope with the consequences of making payments instant, seamless, and connected to peer groups.  Could that ease of use also lead to inexperienced young people spending more than they can afford, or exposing themselves to electronic crime, or not taking the time to evaluate the risks of certain forms of credit offered via mobile or online financial apps?  Would we rather believe that new payment methods allow young people to safeguard their funds more effectively and monitor their spending with quick access to balances and other value-adding features?

Join us to hear the arguments for and against the motion by six very erudite young people.  They devised this motion themselves and after giving their viewpoints as debaters, you will have the opportunity to ask them for their candid views.

Debaters Profiles

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We would like to thank IDEA for their help in putting together this debate.

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) is a global network of organisations who believe that debate promotes mutual understanding between individuals and communities, informed citizenship and social mobility.

IDEA’s UK office is a provider of debate education for young people across the world. IDEA UK also creates flexible debate and public speaking training programs for professionals working in both the private and public sectors.

IDEA UK has a strong online presence, producing and editing content for, the web’s most popular debating resource.

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