Thanks for the comment!
WRT the main concern - we think EA is broad enough to be able to generate a distinct enough set of topics on a yearly basis (or a two years basis).
On discussing the EA outreach research - we would like too! This would probably be most relevant when we conclude the pilot program this summer, so we should keep in touch :)
Thank you for the comment! Choosing BP was “easy” in the sense that it is the most international format and we were aiming for an event that will be major on the global debate calendar. We think the points you raised are interesting, and even though we believe that BP is actually the most fitting format for the project, the pilot we are running also features some 3vs3 debates, so we will have some ability to compare. If an insight comes up from that comparison we will update.
Thanks! The indicators we have are quite positive on whether people took a more profound interest than purely trying to win, and we are trying to figure ways to further deepen the engagement.
It is also great to hear from you Billy, we should definitely schedule a catch up!
Hi, thank you for your thoughtful response, I appreciate you taking the time to write it. You presented a complicated issue, and I think discussions like this are further complicated by the fact that debating can vary wildly depending on how it’s taught and practiced, so different people can have extremely different experiences (like in the different comments on this thread). Many people already responded to parts, but I’d like to stress a few things that I believe are worth highlighting.
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