After the WEEK OF CREATIVITY 2012 Workshop and exhibition, we held our all day long Debate-workshop, in the Main Hall, inside the Odoo-installation.

The first event of the program started at 11 a.m. Our guests were 11 years old students from Baár-Madas Calvinistic Primary and Grammer School, who were super excited about the installation and all the interesting and unusual objects we showed them. They got Odoo-name stickers, so they felt like conference members ? so scientific-  they said. At first we were talking about our Odoo-house and the Solar Decathlon, in the appropriate language for kids, and we tested in a quiz contest their recently gained knowledge about the competition, the house and the team. Then they had the chance to rest all these excitments: they were drawing all over the walls of the Odoo-house, the girls designed uniform for the team, the boys imagined what kind of cars and houses would be int he future, and finally they were drawing together 3 huge drawings about their ideas of environment and sustainability.

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Between the walls covered by the drawings, a free-debate begun, played by master’s students of the Communication and Media Studies faculty. They debated quite passionately over the topic sentence “The environmentalists are ringing the alarm needlessly”. The debate was full of arguments like ?The change of the climate is a natural process, there?s nothing to do about it? or ?The adaptation of smog alerts is a proof of responsibility?  ?The Earth is not our own property, we borrowed it from our grandchildren? and ?If the climate change process can not be stopped, we should at least try to slow down?. István Ujlaky, one of the charter members of the Debate Association and two experienced and qualified debate player evaluated the discussion, and called Winner the team represented the statement that it?s still better to ring the alarm, than suffer the trouble.

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Before the next debate event one of our sponsors Jaf Holz Ungarn Kft. introduced us the creative way of using wood, and encouraged the audience to attend their Creative Summer Camp, to build something extraordinary by wood.

Hello Wood is a creative camp (for all kinds of art) where the masters of the craft try to get the best out of you in the period of one week. This is the place where you can give your portfolio the finishing touch. The place where your creations don’t end up in a drawer, but in the media and prestigious exhibitions. Here, you can’t only work with new people, but with imaginative, creative people too, guaranteed.

In fact, Hello Wood is an experiment for bringing together the most talented people, and to give you a chance to be part of a real creative workshop

The last part of the workshop was the debate of grammer school students of two schools: Bányai Júlia Grammer School and ELTE Radnóti Miklós Grammer School. The debate form was Karl Popper Debate, and the topic sentence they had to argue about:

“Environmental protection is the responsibility of the individual.”

The presented arguments were various at this time too, so much that we can remember just a few:

?The environmental protection is a responsibility of the government, such as health-care.?

?If production would be reduced, the tourism would stop, which increases the reduction of all the economies too.?

?An individual shall not be obliged to separate their waste, because it violates the rights of personal liberty.?

?The individual can not do anything because it is negligible, but the community has the power.?

The other team responsed:

?The global warning is caused at 90% by human activity ? was the conclusion of a global conference ? and human activity happens by individuals.?

?The health care, as a social system is the initiative of individuals.?

?Collecting garbage is every individuals? own interest?

?Each community is made up of individuals.?

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The judge evaluated the debate, pointed the strength and the weaknesses of the arguments, and finally found stronger the opposing teams? argument and persuasion, who represented that the  environmental protection is not the responsibility of individuals. That?s the nature of debating: if you can?t argue good enough in behalf of your own good, you lose, doesn?t matter which aspect seems to be right in our everyday life.

However, the main goal of the whole debate event was to talk about sustainability, environment, responsibility, to change our opinions, and learn from each other during the afternoon.

It?s proven that the student debate teams are the best in the country, the team of Bányai Júlia Grammer School won the bronze medal at the Szoval!? National Debate Contest in 2011. This year, the team of ELTE Radnóti Miklós Grammer School will participate at the final of the contest this weekend, where the 16 most successful teams will compete for two days to win the title ?The Best Debate Team of Hungary?. We wish them good luck and success!!

Anett Sóti

Photos: Ádám Szekér

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