Bringing Debate Back to the Public Service
In an age of holistic, generative dialoging and creationship through deep, relational engagement, we thought we’d give SCIPS a throwback just to mix things up!
Be it resolved that integrity is synonymous with professionalism
Modified Oxford - A formal, competitive debate format with a motion or position statement that is proposed by one side and opposed by another. Each side is argued by a team or panel with two members.
Don't worry it will be fun!
4:30 pm – Mingle (appies will be provided)
5:00 pm – Moderator Instructions
5:05 pm – Opening Statements - Each panelist presents a 5-minute opening statement (Affirmative; Negative; Affirmative; Negative)
5:25 pm – Question Period - Moderator takes questions from the audience; and may allow inter-panel challenges
5:45 pm – Closing Arguments - Each panelist delivers a 2-minute closing argument (Affirmative; Negative; Affirmative; Negative)
5:53 pm – Final Resolution - The audience will deliver their vote for which team provided a more convincing argument for their position; a winner will be declared by the majority
6:00 pm – Open Discussion
Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion, in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior "context" and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic.
Of course, it will also depend on how easily the beverages are flowing!