Political speed dating

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Speed-dating ARA-style was an interactive event for women* on the 7th of March 2018 to commemorate International Women’s Day.

ARA-style speed dating is similar to the original definition and is about encouraging people to meet new people – but with a political flair.

Speed dating is an organized social activity in which all participants individually converse with potential partners.

It is basically aimed at encouraging people to meet a large number of new people over a short period of time.

These included Green Party leader and New Zealand climate change minister James Shaw, New Zealand ‘first man’ Clarke Gayford, and even the late-arriving New Zealand deputy prime minister Winston Peters.

The event sparked political discussions and was generally all about fun, creating empathy and friendship, solidarity and awareness of one’s privileges.

“A lot of studies have suggested that you’re more likely to have a respectful conversation in a formal setting where you have to look each other in the eyes,” she said.

“It helps open up the possibility of sharing your beliefs.” Ruscheinski said the success of the local chapter — as well as the growth of the national organization — is proof of students’ desire for a place on campus where they can meet to discuss different viewpoints.

Caroline Lucas will this evening be taking part in a political 'speed date', organised by the University and College Union (UCU.

The Make Education Count People's Panel event will be held at the Friends Meeting House at 5.15pm this evening, where Caroline will be talking to a panel about education, university funding and the proposed cuts at the University of Sussex, amongst other topics.

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