We believe that debating is so much more than just tournaments and competitions – we see debate as an integral part of a civilized society and a vibrant economy. That’s why we’ve created this new kind of online platform for debate – so that individuals and teams from around the world can come together online to explore new ideas, arrive at innovative social, political and economic solutions, discover shortcomings and flaws in government and corporate policies, and share, test and validate passionately-held interests and beliefs.
World Debating Forum grows out of our No Hate No Violence program, where we first identified a deep need in every society for a return to more civil dialogue and an awareness that free speech means listening as well as speaking respectfully. We are also doing pioneering work on the largely unexplored synergy between school debating and athletic programs and their impact on academic achievement.
We believe in the formal and semi-formal debating styles – Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Parliamentary, Classroom and others – but we believe even more fervently that the principles of debate can inform every kind of dialogue from spirited conversations between friends to principled discussions among political rivals, from political polling to market research.
World Debating Forum is a venue for debaters to do deep-dive research, connect with other debaters, network with educational institutions, upload and showcase debate videos, and find debating books, forms, guidelines and other worldwide resources. While WDF is in English only for our launch we are working to integrate real-time language translation capabilities into the platform. We are beginning with Spanish and Chinese and are working to incorporate all of the world’s major languages.
To support our vision of debate we’ve created a small library of open-source debate guidebooks, free to WDF members, intended to be added to, changed and customized by their users. Our Debate Guides are practical, how-to debate manuals covering Grade School, High School and College Debate, plus Debate Judging and Debate Program Fundraising. Click here for a look at the complete selection of guidebooks.