GYDC 2009 Edition: SHIFTING SANDS - The Times they are a-changin’
‘Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change’ – Confucius
The 2009 Edition Global Youth Debate Conclave focuses on opening up an interactive and international platform for discussions on the radical changes – political, economic and cultural that we are seeing today. In the new millennium all our realms of understanding are seeing constant upheaval and the impact on our lives and our future generations is going to be significant. GYDC 2009 will try to make sense of it all and discuss issues of immediate concern. The debate will happen across three rounds (One preliminary and two final rounds), and the topics will all relate to various social, economic and cultural changes that have been taking place as well as the key issues being debated in these spheres today and how they’ll impact our world. This debate conclave would be on the 23rd and 24th of March 2009 and is open to participation from undergraduate and Post Graduate Students of both International and National Universities and eligible youth between the ages of 18 to 26 years. The first round would be a preliminary round where the participants would be tested on their oratory/writing skills and eliminated accordingly. The second round would be on a two team debating format and topics would be given in advance. The final round would be a decider of individual best debaters. There would be special prizes that would be given out to the best orator on day one, best team in round two and the best debater in the final round overall.
INITIAL SCREENING FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
This round is specifically for international participants who may not be present for the preliminary round due to the vast geographical differences we face. This round would act as an initial screening round and would be a written round in which after receiving your initial email enquires we would mail you a topic which would have to be submitted as a written assignment (only original work, references can be cited for quotes and examples). Based on this submission we would be choosing top 10 contestants whose travel and accommodation would be fully sponsored by us. Apart from these 10 contestants the others eligible would be informed and we would provide only free accommodation in India, though travel would have to be organized by the contestant or the college/university/organization to which the contestant belongs, from home country to Bangalore City in India.
PRELIMNARY ROUND: PIC-TO-REALLY SPEAKING
The preliminary round would be an on the spot extempore on the environmental issues in India, where participants will be shown pictures/videos of live situations (e.g.: a pothole on the road, a beggar on the street etc) and asked to opinionate on what the picture/video speaks about. It will be totally extempore and no prior preparation time will be provided to the participants. SECOND ROUND: TEAM FACE OFF All the participants will be paired into groups of two and they are to participate in a face off against the other teams (two teams will be pitted against each other). The teams will have one topic (with one team for and the other against) and speakers will alternate fromeach team. The best 12 individual scorers will move to the final showdown. Each speaker will have 3 minutes (+1 minute grace) to make his points. A minute rebuttal with one question each allowed from the opposition team will be after all 4 speakers have made finishedtheir debates. No cross questions will be entertained. Each team face off will have a winner who will receive separate recognition and accolades. However, only the best individual scorers will make it to the next round.
TOPIC ONE: The End of Poverty is just a utopian dream
TOPIC TWO: Financial Globalization only promotes speculation and ruin
TOPIC THREE: Urbanization is the key to development
TOPIC FOUR: World Peace is history
TOPIC FIVE: Liberal societies can never be terror free
FINAL ROUND: BEST DEBATER
FINAL TOPIC: The greed of Oil and Auto Corporations is the only thing preventing clean energy from becoming a reality.
The selected finalists will debate individually on a given topic that will again be handed in advance to all participants. Only the stands will be allotted by a draw an hour before the round. The speakers again will have 3 minutes (+1 minute grace) to make his points. There would be no rebuttal. The best
scorer will be the winner of the 'IIPM Global Youth Debate Conclave 2009'!
All interested in participating can request for registration forms and further details
Name : Ms. Ninfa Chacko
Designation : Tournament Director
Address : #419, IIPM TOWER, 100 Feet RoadKoramangala, Bangalore 560032, INDIA
Hand Phone : +919823400123
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