• World Speech Day:
    events for unexpected voices

    World Speech Day Policy Document

    What we stand for


    World Speech Day promotes live public speaking events in over 100 nations. We encourage people everywhere to make speeches and share ideas. We have partner schools across the globe: young people find a voice and shape the world. Across the site you will see videos and photos of WSD events, locally organised, in many different cultures and situations, but all using the simple power of speech to bring change

    and build world citizenship.


    For a simple statement of what we stand for: click here

    World Speech Day:

    The Story

    From zero to over 100 nations in 5 years

    World Speech Day started with a simple idea: speeches change the world; socially, politically, in the arts, business and religion. They play a profound role in holding our societies together and shaping change. Then why not create a day to celebrate speeches and speechmaking through live public speaking events around the world, reaching out to #unexpectedvouces everywhere?


    In 2019 more than 100 nations across the globe have been involved in WSD.

    Schools, universities, speakers' clubs, think tanks, community groups, companies, NGOs - all holding meetings in classrooms, auditoria, community halls, even cafes. Proving the unique power of speeches to explore new ideas.


    World Speech Day has taken hold and grown not because of any power at the centre, but because of its highly (almost uniquely) devolved structure. It is the tireless work and energy of the event hosts and national Ambassadors which have taken WSD forward so rapidly.


    In an exciting new dimension to activities with schools worldwide, in 2020 WSD started partnering with the British Council's "Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning" initiative and in particular the "Unexpected Voices" speech competition. For more information on the program visit: https://connecting-classrooms.britishcouncil.org/resources/unexpected-voices-competition


    In a separate initiative, we are also partnering with the Power of Words Academy for the Unexpected Voices Speech Competition in Canada. Watch this video: https://youtu.be/GVH-52JbCO4


    For more information contact Hafsa at admin@powerofwordsacademy.ca


    World Speech Day was launched by Simon Gibson (Founder; pictured) at the Athens Democracy Forum in 2015.

  • WSD Events

    A small sample of the coverage of WSD events all over the world.

    Hosting at the UN in Mongolia

    One of WSD's Founding Members: Mongolia

    A Classic Hit from Florence

    A wonderful example of WSD schools events in Florence

    From the Villa Educativa, Saltillo, Mexico

    Speeches from the desert!

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