(Discussion) Personal freedom and choice is a goal that many want to achieve, but is there such a thing as too much freedom and personal choice?
This discussion will examine the idea that while the vast majority of people yearn or long for the personal freedoms and the choice that come with them, can this freedom also have negative consequences for greater society. We will discuss this from a cultural standpoint, to see how these ideals weigh on our view of personal freedom versus the greater good of society
(Debate) Economic growth for a country should be a higher priority than environmental considerations/conservation
This debate will look at what is sometimes considered competing priorities for a country, does it achieve economic success at the long term risk of permanently damaging the environment? Are there ways to balance and manage these priorities so that both can be achieved?
(Debate) A nation should focus on its' priorities first before focusing on global issues such as: pandemic diseases, climate change, natural disasters, human rights and genocide.
This debate will look at how a nation places their priorities, relative to global priorities. A logical question that may be raised is: are these priorities mutually exclusive or inclusive. We will have a chance to discuss this topic with an international team representing various parts of the world, and includes both developed and developing countries.
(Discussion) Is human population sustainable with the limited resources that are available? If not, what are some of the solutions for this global issue
This discussion will look at the issue of human overpopulation and the strain on natural resources, including food, water and land. Some things to consider: improved technology in food production; smarter and more organized urban development; stricter conversation techniques
This debate will examine the controversial topic of human cloning. There are often strong opinions on this topic, based on both religious and scientific views.
This discussion will focus on the idea that you can fall in love with someone the first time you meet/see them. As part of this discussion, we'll examine the qualities that lead to "loving" someone from a romantic interest standpoint.
(Discussion) How has the traditional institution of marriage changed in society, and what does this mean for society
This topic will look at the traditional role that marriage has played in society, the "nuclear family", how this institution has changed in the past decades, and how has this affected society
This debate will focus on the impact that our physical appearance plays in various areas, such as professional opportunities, social relationships etc
The debate will look at whether or not smoking should be allowed in public places i.e. parks, outdoor shopping areas etc
This discussion will focus on what inventions we would like to see, such as flying cars, the cure for cancer and other new medicines, or new technologies
(Discussion) Does diversity (racial, cultural, religious, socio-economical) in society promote a positive environment for its people?
This will be a discussion focused on looking at how people consider the term "diversity" and its impact to how people feel in their society. We will exam the most common definitions of diversity, focus on four main areas: racial, cultural, religious and socio-economical)
(Debate) Due to the rapid growth in technology, robots will assume a dominant and controlling role (over humans) in the future
This debate will look at the influence that robotics technology has and will have, over society in the future. Will we get to the point where we are so reliant on this technology, that we can no longer make our own decisions? or that in essence, we (the human kind) will become a slave to the technology that we created?
(Discussion) What role do Non Profit Organizations have in society and have you ever been part of one. Share your experience with us!
This discussion will focus on the topic of Non Profit Organizations and look at the vital role they place, particularly when poverty, war/civil conflict, disease or natural disaster are prevalent.
This debate will look at whether or not we need to go abroad to gain a quality education
(Debate) Cosmetic Surgery, for purposes of enhancing your physical appearance, is a positive medical procedure
This debate will explore the idea that we can use cosmetic surgery to alter/enhance our physical appearance. Cosmetic surgery is very common place in many parts of the world, and looks at procedures such as face lift, tummy tucks, breast modification and others.
This topic will look at how society views the controversial topic of "mercy killings". The two major views 1) that people with a diagnosed terminal illness should have the right to make these choice versus 2) people that believe "state sanctioned" mercy killings is a moral issue, will be discussed and debated. As much as possible, the discussion will look at the point of morality separate from religious belief.
This discussion will look at the benefits of debating and whether or not, it helps you to further enhance your critical thinking skills. We will look at things such as: how debating forces you to analyze your position on things, how to analyze what others think, and how to respond using data and life experience
(Debate) In a work environment, public/peer recognition improves work place morale and motivation than offering a pay raise
This topic will look at the different factors that motivate employees, including perhaps two of the most prominent, employee recognition for performance and an increase in pay. Though in many cases, these two factors may be linked, our debate will look at them as individual factors.
During this discussion we will share our country with members of our international organization. We may talk about our local foods, cultural events, dress etc. Additionally, we will open it up with talking about the traditional stereotypes that people may have
In this discussion we will talk about how important it is to set our goals, both professionally and personally, and develop an action plan to achieve them. In this discussion we will also ask participants to talk about their specific examples of goals they have set and achieved.
This topic will look at the impact of advertising on the way that consumers spend their money. Are we spending money on things we need, or the things we want? Also we will discuss the most effective forms of advertising from a global perspective
This topic will look at whether or not creativity is something formed from a structured school environment or whether it's formed in those times of free style thinking (such as going for a drive along the beach, random thoughts while listening to music at the park etc.)
In the society that we live in today, where a majority of people in many countries around the world have access to the internet and social media, it is very easy to establish online relationships with people. This topic will look at whether or not we consider these online "relationships" as real compared to the physical relationships we have in our life and the impact they may have on us/our partners
This debate will look at the topic of whether or not learning more about the opposite gender is a high enough priority to teach in school. In a society where lines are being blurred between the traditional idea of gender, this is a topic that might be informative for some people and perhaps some will learn to be more tolerant and respectful of the opposite sex
The debate will look at the increasing role that online shopping has in society, and in the way that consumers purchase their good.
(Debate) Downloading music or video from the internet, without permission or not paying (pirating), is wrong
This debate will look at whether or not participants believe that downloading intellectual property i.e. music, videos etc, is morally wrong. Though laws are in place to protect intellectual property, particularly music and movies, many people believe that its okay to download them from the internet for their personal entertainment.
This discussion will look at how things such as technology, urban planning and environmental concerns affect the development of cities in the future. Things to consider will include: population growth, migration from rural areas to urban areas, smart technology, air and water pollution, green spaces etc.
This debate will look at the idea of whether or not, being single is more "interesting" than being married. Proponents of this position may look at things such as the "freedom to do what you want, when you want and how you want" without having to confer with your significant other. Others may view this as a selfish view, and that being married brings many opportunities to share your dreams and goals with your wife/husband.
This will be a discussion that looks at whether or not we are a "person of the past, or of the future". Often some people will state that they long for a time when life was simpler, less complicated, while others look forward to a future with increased use of technology and in some cases, complexity. This discussion will look at which we would prefer to do, if we have the ability to travel in time, go back to the past, or go forward to the future.
(Debate) The internet damages our ability to think for ourselves and has an overall negative impact on society
This debate will look at whether or not we have become to reliant on the information available through the internet, whether or not it has impacted our ability to conduct independent critical thinking and whether or not the "ease" of finding information has diminished our ability to exercise our cognitive abilities. Additionally, we will look at the overall impacts of Internet usage on society, including social, educational and other