What we're about

Brussels Debaters aims to make our society more inclusive by empowering individuals to exchange views with people of different backgrounds. Every week, we debate a controversial topic in a format originating in the British Parliament. You can join and observe or practice your persuasive skills under the motto ‘learning by doing’.

To know more, join our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BrusselsDebaters) or contact the facilitators from The Dandelion Group (http://www.thedandeliongroup.eu).

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FAQs:

What is debating?

Debating is more than public speaking. Aristotle put forth the persuasive ideals of ETHOS - an establishment of one's own credibility, LOGOS - an appeal to reason, and PATHOS - an appeal to emotion. With this is mind, a successful speech must be delivered in a credible, clear and captivating manner.

In which language do you debate, and about what?

We debate in English, often about political topics and current events. However, some of most successful past debates have covered such diverse topics as 'As cavemen, this house believes it is time to abandon our hunter-gatherer lifestyle'. and 'This House believes Trump will make America great!'

Besides the Grand Debate nights, the host announces the exact motion on the night, with 15 minutes preparation time.

Can I join?

Yes! Whether a first timer or a seasoned debater, you are welcome to join. There is no need to prepare anything... but following the news does not hurt.

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do, and we encourage people with disabilities, non-binary and people of colour to attend.

Can I spectate?

Of course, but sooner or later, everyone should take the plunge! The debate nights give you an opportunity to practice in a friendly environment.

How much is it?

It's free. However, there is a donation box which helps us covering the MeetUp fee. We want to keep Brussels Debaters open to everyone.

Also during Covid-19 we stay active online. Would you like to donate, please reach out to Iris Jiang (co-organiser).

Where does it take place?

We debate every Wednesday in the centre of Brussels at The Sister Café, Rue Chair et Pain 3.

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Grand Debate: Solidarity

The Sister Brussels Café

"Who will pay for the crisis?" reads one placard carried by a health worker in Brussels during a solidarity march six months after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the one hand, it is estimated that the Covid-19 pandemic will push half a billion people into poverty at the global level. Similarly, according to the International Labour Organization, 400 million small entreprises are at risk worldwide. On the other hand, 32 of the world largest companies alone made an extra $109 bn profits in 2020. The world’s 10 richest men have seen their combined wealth increase by half a trillion dollar in 2020.

What does economic solidarity mean in this context? Is it fair that segments of the population fall into poverty while others make historical levels of profits? Ultimately, who will pay for the crisis?

Motion: This house wants to exceptionally tax excessive profits made during the Covid-19 crisis.
Audience: The national employers' association

Format: 3 vs 3 (or 4 vs 4), 10' per speaker
If you want to be a speaker, please indicate in a comment below whether you want to join the team of the proposition or the opposition. Those who do not want to prepare a speech can join as observers.

Some intro reading: https://www.dw.com/en/covid-are-tax-hikes-imminent-to-pay-for-pandemic/a-59139337

If you are new to debating, take a look at this one pager explaining the format and roles: https://tinyurl.com/yy4sn5jx;­
This season, you can ask the host for detailed feedback. Just print this scorecard: https://tinyurl.com/y3hmwbm5

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Debate night: Education

The Sister Brussels Café

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