WDF India 2012

The World Debate Forum is coming to India! 13th to 15th April in Delhi, hosted at the Vasant Valley School! 

We are very excited to have the Vasant Valley School on board, given their progressive approach towards education and great track record in innovating change! This will also be the first WDF not held immediately after a debate tournament and the first one in India!

What is the World Debate Forum (WDF) ?

Debate is a diverse activity practiced by different people for varying reasons. The World Debate Forum aims to highlight these different aspects of debate, with the aim of bridging gaps that exists between these communities and encouraging cooperation between them - thus leading to a stronger, more sustainable debate community. The WDF is structured to encourage interaction between competitive debaters, debate educators and the debate for advocacy communities.

The WDF was first held after the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) 2010. The idea was hosting this event immediately after WUDC would encourage a portion of the attendees to stay back to share perspectives with members of the local debate community. The 2nd WDF was hosted by Ateneo de Manila University right after DLSU Worlds, and the Berlin Debate Union has committed to organizing the WDF after Berlin WUDC in 2013.

For more information on the WDF, please visit www.worlddebateforum.org. We're still updating the site with videos from this year's forum, but you can see a list of the presentations, the presenters and abstracts.

How does it work?

WDF aims functions similar to TED (www.ted.com), but with a twist. It's a collection of short presentations that are shared, recorded and put online. Unlike TED, we encourage questions after each presentation and have open forums. We also encourage participants to organize smaller meetings, workshops and networking sessions.

See here for a list of presentations from WDF 2012. http://worlddebateforum.org/presentations2012

How will WDF India work?

WDF India will be organized by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA, www.idebate.org) & DebateWorks (www.debateworks.com) and partially funded by the Open Societies Foundations (OSF, www.soros.org). It will be hosted by the Vasant Valley School (www.vasantvalley.org). 

Here's the proposed schedule of the event. Please note that the schedule might change.

13th April, Friday
  • 5 pm - Registration and Check in to forum accommodation, at the hotel
  • 7 pm - Simple opening ceremony and welcome event

14th April, Saturday
  • 9 am to 12 pm - Morning Session - Theme : Competitive Debate
  • 9 to 9.30 - First Presentation
  • 9.30 to 10.00 - Second Presentation
  • 10.00 to 10.30- Third Presentation
  • 10.30 to 11.00 - Fourth Presentation
  • 11.00 to 12.00 - Open Forum on Topic Area
  • 12.00 to 1.30 pm - Lunch
  • 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm - Afternoon Session - Theme : Debate Education
  • 1.30 to 2.00 - First Presentation
  • 2.00 to 2.30 - Second Presentation
  • 2.30 to 3.00- Third Presentation
  • 3.00 to 3.30 - Fourth Presentation
  • 3.30 to 4.00 - Open Forum on Topic Area
  • 4.30 to 6.00 pm - Coffee and Networking

15th April, Sunday
  • 9 am to 12 pm - Morning Session - Theme : Debate Advocacy
  • 9 to 9.30 - First Presentation
  • 9.30 to 10.00 - Second Presentation
  • 10.00 to 10.30- Third Presentation
  • 10.30 to 11.00 - Fourth Presentation
  • 11.00 to 12.00 - Open Forum on Topic Area
  • 12.00 to 1.30 pm - Lunch
  • 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm - Afternoon Session - Open Forum
  • 1.30 to 2.00 - First Presentation
  • 2.00 to 2.30 - Second Presentation
  • 2.30 to 3.00 - Third Presentation
  • 3.00 to 3.30 - Fourth Presentation
  • 3.30 to 4.30 - Open Forum on the future of the World Debate Forum
  • 4.30 to 6.00 pm - Closing / Farewell

Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in debate and is interested in making the community stronger. Seriously. We hope that at WDF India, the following will happen

a) we will form a snapshot of the state of debate in India. How far has the community grown, who are the key members, what are the challenges for the future?
b) debate practitioners will share and learn skills and strategies from each other. Stop repeating mistakes, establish best practices, develop tested, sustainable methods.
c) diverse members of the community will network and find ways to support each others work. Educators, Competitors and Activists all use debate, we should also find ways to use each other in order to enhance the activities that we do.

How can I participate?

We are looking for people to make presentations (in 20 minutes or less, share your work/ideas/experiences with debate - find out more about presenting at http://worlddebateforum.org/share). Or you can attend to watch presentations, contribute through questions and comments, network with other participants and debaters.

Both presenting and non-presenting participants must pay a registration fee of 75 USD. This fee covers two nights hotel accommodation, food, transport, venues and forum materials. Visit (http://worlddebateforum.org/registration) to find out more about registration. Your registration fee is already subsidized by the sponsors, but there are also limited registration and flight subsidies available. You can apply for these when you register to present or participate.

If you don't need accommodation or transport from the hotel to VVS, then you can pay only 25 USD to participate in the forum. This will cover food during the forum, venues and forum materials.

Please fill in this Online form to Submit a Presentation, or this one if you want to Attend but not Present. 

If you have any questions, email us at info@worlddebateforum.org or loganimal@gmail.com

See you in Delhi!