Monday, September 26, 2022

PLATFORM - Big Ideas : Experts Debate


Two Experts on a particular issue that is relevant to the City and Nanaimo Tax Payers are invited to the City to  answer Resident's questions and Debate. 

Why Have Experts Debate?

Complex problems have many facets to them. If City Council is going to use Tax Payers money to address problems, then Tax Payers should gain perspective on the problem from both sides of the issue. 

Example Debate : Kate Raworth vs Bjorn Lomborg - "Will Nanaimo Becoming A Smart City Genuinely Benefit Its Citizens And The Planet?"

Kate Raworth is the creator of the "Donut Economy" and the inspiration for Nanaimo's current Official Community Plan. She is author of the best-selling book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist.

Bjorn Lomborg is former director of the Danish government's Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen and author of the best-selling and controversial book The Skeptical Environmentalist.

How It Works

  • 2 Experts are invited to discuss an issue affecting the City. 
  • 1 Expert from one side of the issue and 1 Expert from the other side of the issue. 
  • Both Experts will be present at a City Council meeting. 
  • City Council will ask the Experts questions sent in by Nanaimo Residents. 
  • Each Expert will present their perspective on the question. 
  • The Experts will be allowed to Debate each other on questions following standard Debate Rules (perhaps those used in Oxford debates). 
  • The Questions / Debate will be recorded and made available for Nanaimo Citizens to watch. 

1 comment:

  1. One thing I might suggest is stop capitalizing things that should not be capitalized, it looks unprofessional and as someone who reads on the internet a lot, it makes me subconsciously group you in with people who don't know what they're talking about. No offense.
    Eg. "The Questions / Debate will be recorded and made available for Nanaimo Citizens to watch."
    Should be, "The questions/debate will be recorded and made available for Nanaimo citizens to watch."


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