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Margaret Hepworth of The Gandhi Experiment introduces:

Collaborative Debating©

In direct contrast to traditional adversarial debates, collaborative debating results in a real win - students finding a solution to the problem, whilst all the challenges of critical thinking, positing an argument, and thinking on your feet are maintained.

Imagine an Affirmative team being met with a Cooperative team; a Mindful Coordinator chairing the debate; and a Mentor who didn't judge, score or rate, yet instead metered out a series of guidances. Now you have a Collaborative Debate – a debate that may actually get us somewhere beyond the argument, towards the solutions that we are seeking. A debate where the skills that young people are learning are not simply for the sake of learning – they are life skills.

Teach your students new skills relevant to the world outside the classroom; relevant to the school yard and beyond: Collaborative debating.

We are now available to attend your school either to train your English and Humanities teachers and / or work directly with the students in this exciting new debating methodology.

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Having done a lot of traditional debating, I learnt through collaborative debating how much more respectful and beneficial it is to work collaboratively and to be open to the ideas of others.
— Ella student at Templestowe College
Collaborative Debating is a useful tool for our community to learn how to tackle the big issues in a way that promotes solutions over winning. This could help our leaders of tomorrow to become more active citizens and thoughtful decision makers.
— Hannah teacher at Templestowe College

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‘Collaborative Debating is tomorrow’s political and social progress.’

‘Learning Collaborative Debating is rigorous yet fun, and is team building in itself.’


Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.

Rumi 13th century