Contribution to Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s annual debate, The Oxford Union, Oxford, November 10th 2015:

Listen to the full debate about Looking good vs doing good here:

Extract from an Oxford Mail article about the debate:

Doing good voted better than paying to look good
A PACKED audience at the Oxford Union voted against the idea that spending money on looking good was more important than doing good.
The debate on Tuesday was organised by the Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), which connects local charities with businesses looking for a cause to sponsor.
The 380-strong audience listened to a mixture of arguments from six high-profile speakers before casting their vote.
Mr Dorling, also a professor of geography at Oxford University, said people overspending to improve self-image had “escalated to a point where we need to control it again, and think about how we could use that money in better ways. A quarter of children in this city are living in poverty”.

Read the full article here.