With most Dutch teams doing well on the first day of preliminary rounds, the start of day two was exciting and for some relatively stressful. After all being signed in, and barely making it back on time after a quick coffee at Starbucks round 4 was ready to draw. On a motion about automated surveillance without court authorisation most teams were quite happy with their speeches despite some varying results.
The queuing system for lunch seemed a bit more organized today than it did yesterday, although womens’ forum which was about to start didn’t allow for much time to actually eat. the Pasta and pizza served was good, despite the relatively short time to enjoy it. Womens’ forum was well attended, which showed an improvement compared to Berlin Worlds. Discussing female participation at both universities and schools level, trying to find practical solutions to make the debating scene a more friendly and welcoming environment for everyone and being kindly ask to think about womens’ forum and womens’ night at upcoming worlds proved to be both interesting and productive.
After round 5 and 6 it was time to head for dinner and the social. Some of us decided that the queue on day 2 was so long they didn’t want to wait for dinner and headed to a pub to eat (and watch Football). Leiden and Berlin took some time to sign an agreement of cooperation between the two societies and the others enjoyed the social. Most teams went for an early night given that the rounds on day 3 will determine which teams will make the break.
De Nederlandse Debatbond (NDB) stelt zich als doel het wedstrijddebat te bevorderen en ondersteunen in Nederland. Als nationaal overkoepelend orgaan vertegenwoordigt de NDB ongeveer 1.000 leden waarvan de meesten lid zijn van één van de debatverenigingen die Nederland rijk is.