Helsinki Debating Society (HDS) is the oldest British Parliamentary Format Debating Society in Finland, promoting critical thinking and reasoned discourse since 2001. We offer a wide selection of training activities, and our society is open for everyone to join.
We debate in British Parliamentary Style. There are eight people in a debate, in four teams of two. Sides and positions are randomly assigned. After the motion is announced, the teams have 15 minutes to prepare for the debate. Then Government and Opposition, each side represented by two competing teams, clash on a certain topic. Debate motions cover a wide range of topics, and tackle various different spheres of life. No expert knowledge in economics, law, politics, rocket science or gene engineering is required. All you need is blank paper, a pen and motivation to learn — we will provide you with everything else!
Want to get prepared before coming to debate? You can download our introductory leaflet here.