Labs

Labs last for 6 hours each and are taught by a trainer. Trainers typically are administrators of or hold other senior positions within their organizations. They have substantial experience with running projects or related activities in their debate programs. Every participant attends 4 such labs. Each lab starts with an introduction and statement of goals and ends with an evaluation.

The labs are divided into three loose areas: Administration, Concepts and Everyday improvements. You can choose any combination you want but we encourage you to consider attending more labs of the same category, if it suits your position within your organization.

Administration
Human resource management, Yvonne Heselmans
Do you work with staff and volunteers? And are you aware that they are the key capital of your organization? But are you puzzling how to facilitate them as best as possible and how you could find time to improve your Human Resource Management? This interactive workshop will focus on these key questions and basic arrangements for a Human Resource Management. The workshop will increase awareness about the need to have a good Human Resource Management. We will reflect on the importance of Human Resource Management, what it is and how it is integrated in your organization?  We will reflect on questions as ‘how to encourage your personnel and coach them as much as possible and what basic conditions do you need to facilitate your staff in a open and sustainable way’. We will discuss questions about paid staff, but we will also deal with the challenges and opportunities which you face in your work with volunteers.

Some basic standards arrangements, like reviews, descriptions of job profiles, contracts etc. will be discussed. And we will deal with the connection between human resource policy and other policies in your office such as your financial administration, your programmatic work, and PLANNING, MONITORING, EVALUATION.

Yvonne Heselmans (MS) worked as program manager for the peace and human rights organization Pax Christi and was head of the educational and lobby department of Plan Netherlands. One of her areas of attention was to support Plan and its partners in their Human Resource management in relation to ‘gender’, ‘diversity’ and ‘ child protection policies’. She wrote the training manual for women ‘Ze doet het met beleid’ to support women in their professional career. She worked the last years as a consultant in organizational developlanning, monitoring, evaluationnt, PLANNING, MONITORING, EVALUATION and (global) citizenship and is for 2, 5 years executive director of IDEA NL. Yvonne Heselmans is a human geographer who focused her entire work-life on issues as intercultural communication, human rights and peace building. In her early days she was physical teacher and theatre director. She is married and has two lovely children.

 

Strategic management in debate organisations, Margo Loor
Strategic management is not rocket science. It takes a few established management practices, a good dose of common sense and a great debater to make it happen. In many countries, debate organisations are youth groups, that organise competitive debate events. There's nothing wrong with that. If that's what you have and that's what you're happy with, don't come to this lab. But if you want to stop writing projects, want to achieve social-scale impact and are looking to turn your debate movement into a sustainable educational organisation, then do sign up. You won't receive the Truth and be enlightened, but you will find out, how we've transformed Estonian Debating Society and what we've learned about strategic management of debate organisations in the process. And it will enable you to achieve a sharper learning curve in improving your own organisation. That's my promise to you.

Margo Loor, CEO of Estonian Debating Society, was also one of the founders of EDS back in 1994. In the meantime has worked in the private sector, has set up a strategic philanthropy foundation, has consulted a number of social enterprises and non-profits (Teach For Estonia, a drug rehab clinic, an anti-HIV social enterprise etc) and is the chairman of supervisory board in the Estonian Network of Non-profit Organisations. He's also a debater, a debate teacher and a trainer. 

 

Concepts
Applied debate, Maja Nenadović
This lab session will present several different approaches to debate outside of its usual, competitive setting  and illustrate how debate, applied in this way and across different contexts, holds the potential to fight discrimination and build understanding between various groups in society. We will cover Rhetoric of Discrimination, Rhetorical Self-Defense, Talking to 'Racists' and several other methods and approaches to applying debate to real life situations and contexts.

Maja Nenadović began debating in high school. Soon thereafter, she started infecting others throughout Europe with her passion for debate. Focusing on the British Parliamentary format, Maja founded or assisted in founding several university debating societie across. She has also taught debate in Macedonia, Finland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Portugal. She works for the International Department of the Anne Frank House. Her academic expertise lies in the area of democracy, democratization and post-conflict state-building and she has recently successfully defended her PhD dissertation "Installing Democracy in the Balkans? Analysis of Political Party Assistance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo" in political science at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

Debate outside the classroom, Alex Cavell
Access to debating is frequently limited to those in formal education, as most competitive activities tend to be focused on schools or universities. This lab aims to identify ways of engaging other groups and wider audiences with debating and its benefits, as a tool to overcome communication barriers between different demographics or between marginalised youth and society at large. Participants will get to know two projects: IDEA's Debate in the Neighbourhood project that aims to bring the benefits of debating to community centres and youth organisations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Romania, and IDEA's Dialogue without Borders that aims to create discursive spaces between different countries.

Alexander Cavell (Debate Programmes Coordinator) edits and designs curriculum materials used in IDEA's UK projects, trains young people in critical thinking, argumentation and public speaking and also organises public debating events with a range of IDEA partners. Alex is currently studying for a Master's degree in Contemporary History and Politics. He lives in London and spends his free time debating competitively. 

Non-competitive debate, Viktória Takács
Usually people think about debate as a frame of competing values, ideas and opinions, the most famous and well-known debate events are also international debate tournaments. Beside the importance and effectiveness of the debate championships, there are several other fruitful opportunities to use debate method for non-competitive purposes. The Foundation for Democratic Youth three years ago developed several debate projects to raise high school students' awareness about youth-related social issues and initiate dialogue between youth and the decision makers. The philosophy behind these initiatives was built on a problem-based, non-competitive approach of debating. The interactive lab will focus on this approach, its perspectives, effects, outcomes, methodology and fund-raising strategies. 

Viktória Takács is a project coordinator of Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA), she started to lead debate initiatives in 2009, her university studies (philosophy, pedagogy and media) made her interested about the methods of teaching debate. Although she is personally not a big fan of debate competitions, she is pretty much involved in this field: from 2011 on she coordinated the the Szóval?! National Debate Tournament, the largest high school level debate championship in Hungary. She is also a debate trainer of DIA, and she takes part in the development of debate projects, debate handbooks and courses as well. 

Classroom debate, Jernej Podgornik
Debate as a method has a number of advantages compared to lecturing a class. For once it involves students directly and by engaging them in a discussion they very soon become a very important part of the lecture, which gives them a certain responsibility and therefore the outcome are more attentive students with a clearer position on the topic being lectured. Debate also provides a platform for expressing opinions in the classroom, which is very important, especially with the delicate topics such as ethical issues. By conducting debate in the classroom we are helping the students improving their skills in public speaking, persuading and reasoning.
The first part of the lab will be on importance and ways of introducing the debate in the classroom, what are the most useful debate formats (mini debate formats) and how to use them properly. There will be also a lot of discussion involved and several examples of good practices. 
Slovenia has a large network of debate clubs on the middle school and high school level with majority of debate coaches being teachers. Teacher trainings in Slovenia have a very successful history and the second part of the lab will be a step by step presentation on how the teacher trainings are being done, what are the most successful ways to involved the teachers in the debate and how to give them  knowledge for becoming debate coaches.

Jernej Podgnornik is a high school teacher and debate club coach from Maribor, Slovenia.

Middle school debate, Andreja Šut
Areas covered by the lab: Why it makes sense to set up a debating club at primary schools (the needs from students, the competence; benefits for talented and average students). How to set up a debate club (personal invitation, free entry, meetings,…). The methods of work in preparation for Debate format (Karl Popper Format, argument (where to look for source, what to use,…),  negation, how to ask questions, how to prepare the speech. Participation in Debate Tournament in Slovenia (motions, logistic, costs, timetable, judge, ballot, finale,…). New: use of reading learning strategies (KWL, SQ3R, Pauk strategy, Reciprocal teaching, Fishbone)

Andreja Šut has bee a teacher in a primary school in Slovenia for  8 years a mentor of a debate club at her school. She organized 2 national tournaments and 3 international tournaments.

Debate training as a social enterprise, Helina Loor
The lab will give you the context and structure to think through your own future bussiness plan to start a social adult training company in your debate organisatsion. Using SpeakSmart as an example we will think through how a social enterprise will work and use SpeakSmarts pitfalls and mistakes as a example to learn from. We will adress topics like – principles and values, organisatsion structure, full-time employees, target group, sustainable income model, service model and professional service management. SpeakSmart is the Estonian Debating Society’s social training company, offering tailor made trainings to public, private and third sector clients in order to make profit and spread the mission that arguments are the basis of open and structured social dialogue. You can read more about what we do it iDebate Volume 10, Issue 1, page 66-67 (2012).

Helina Loor started SpeakSmart (Estonian Debating Society’s training branch) in 2006. Before that she had a 6 year career in Estonian Debating Society as a modest debater, tournament director (inc. Youth Forums) and volunteer event organiser (inc. EUDC 2008 and Tallinn IV 2007 convener). She has studied adult education in Tallinn University and before starting SpeakSmart had practice in the adult training field in Oracle University Baltics and Tallinn Conferences

Mission bussines presentation.pdf

Everyday improvements
Training debate judges, Lukáš Lehotský
This workshop will focus on debate adjudication and discuss different approaches to judging. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and compare them with judging standards used at Slovak Debate Association debate tournaments. Participants will find out, which adjudication criteria are deemed legitimate and which are not, how to assess debates and approach them from different points of view and much more. The main goal of this workshop is to foster the discussion among participants.

Lukáš Lehotský is a project coordinator in the Slovak Debate Association. He is also an experienced trainer of debaters and judges at various levels.

Making the most of your debate events, Anne Valkering and Veronika Vlčková


The basics of any event are simple. You need a location, some activity and a few participants and then you’re done. This usually becomes more complicated along the way, and can take up an awful lot of time and energy in the end. Sometimes so much so that you lose sight of the purpose of the event and how it supports the goals of your organisation.

This lab will look at the ways in which you can ensure that you manage the event in such a way that you will not lose sight of that. What are the ways you can ensure that the event achieves its goals?, does not become too burdensome?, and engages your participants in the best possible way for your organisation? The lab will involve sharing ideas and best practices. On the first day we will be looking at organizing events from the other end: what is the outcome you would like to achieve and how you can best achieve it without draining your human and financial resources and still have the highest impact. On the second day we will specifically look into two things: the engagement of participants and the PR of your event.

Anne Valkering has been a project officer for IDEA Amsterdam since June 2011. She was involved with the organisation of the Istanbul Youth Forum 2011 and León Youth Forum 2012. Before joining IDEA she organised multiple student debating events, including the European Universities Debating Championships in Amsterdam in 2010.

Veronika Vlckova currently works as the Youth Leadership Director at the Slovak Atlantic Commission, an NGO focused on public diplomacy in the V4 region. She has been involved in debate and public speaking activities on national as well as international level since 1998. She was the IDEA Global Youth Forum Director for four years. Veronika has ten years of debate training experience and loves it every time.

WUDC Berlin Volunteer Guide.pdf
Peer training and learning ideas.doc
5 minute schedule.xls

Taking your debate organization online, Manos Moschopoulos
The Internet and social networks are the venues for most discussions young people engage with today, offering debating organisations with a wealth of opportunities to expand their reach and provide more resources to their members. During these labs we will look at how to best use the Internet to promote an organisation, how to develop and showcase online resources, the Debatabase, how to engage young people through the use of social media and other networks and how to create one for your organisation and how to host and participate in online debates using asynchronous and real-time methods.

Manos Moschopoulos (International Programmes Officer) has been managing international debate programmes such as Debate@Europe and Dialogue without Borders and coordinating public debates and trainings in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also designing programmes and events that use technology as a means to facilitate debates, using the IDEA Vbates, Google+ Hangouts and Mozilla Popcorn Maker platforms. Manos holds a BA in Communication and is currently studying for an MA in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict.

Report debate by Lashkevich.pdf