We are all hugely excited to form the adjudication team of the World Open Debating Championships 2015. Over the last few years, we have witnessed a rapid expansion in the number of debating competitions, as well a surge in the uptake of debating by new circuits and different countries and by people from all walks of life. Accordingly, debating has spread from being the preserve of a few elite universities to being a truly global and universal activity. As an adjudication team we believe that competitive debating provides a fantastic opportunity to facilitate the free exchange of ideas with others from around the world as well. Too often debating is restricted to university students when experience tells us that communication skills and the ability to develop and analyse arguments quickly are essential at any stage of life.
It is for this reason that we believe that the inaugural World Open Debating Championships is unique. Free from institutional or age restrictions, the Championships will provide the strongest debating competition in the world and provide participants with a unique chance, not only to establish themselves as the best debaters in the world, but to do so in one of the world’s most stunning locations.
Over the next few months, we plan to reveal more details as to our policies for the Championships and how we will engage with the debating community in order to ensure that we are able to deliver a tournament that lives up to our own high expectations. We are committed to making this tournament a success, and hope to welcome you all to Vegas in 2015.