6 episodes

Let’s explore what makes critical conversation and debate so difficult in today’s world. How can people with polarized opinions find common ground or acknowledge other perspectives? How can we have better conversations? Each episode features two voices with two perspectives on topics that range from the serious to the silly, from the curious to the timely. Structured debate is our tool to inject some tension into otherwise everyday conversations and explore how we can co-create solutions to the big challenges out there.

For the Sake of Argument Aman Chahal and Candice Paton

    • Society & Culture

Let’s explore what makes critical conversation and debate so difficult in today’s world. How can people with polarized opinions find common ground or acknowledge other perspectives? How can we have better conversations? Each episode features two voices with two perspectives on topics that range from the serious to the silly, from the curious to the timely. Structured debate is our tool to inject some tension into otherwise everyday conversations and explore how we can co-create solutions to the big challenges out there.

    Episode 5: ad infinitum (to infinity… and beyond)

    Episode 5: ad infinitum (to infinity… and beyond)

    It seems like everyone and their electric vehicle is on their way into orbit these days, but is the cost worth it? With a real-life astronaut candidate facing off against a strong advocate for community engagement, we explore how these two debaters navigate this cosmic conversation.

    Definition: Be it resolved that we should continue to invest in space exploration. In our definition for this debate, "we" will refer to Canada and should we as Canadians continue to invest in "space exploration" which will focus on the human side of space exploration including our astronauts.

    • 40 min
    Episode 4: pari passu (on equal footing?)

    Episode 4: pari passu (on equal footing?)

    Who invited the newby to the discussion? Why can’t the seasoned expert be open to new ideas? What perspective can add the most value to a decision or an argument? Is it true that “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt“? Here’s Episode Four ofContinue reading "Episode 4: pari passu (on equal footing?)"

    • 39 min
    Episode 3: argumentum ad populum (appeal to the people)

    Episode 3: argumentum ad populum (appeal to the people)

    It’s easier than ever to share your thoughts and opinions with the world… but is anyone listening? And does anyone actually care? We hope you do… but this is the juicy topic we are exploring in Episode Three of For the Sake of Argument. Our podcast pairs two seasoned listeners to debate whether or notContinue reading "Episode 3: argumentum ad populum (appeal to the people)"

    • 39 min
    Episode 2: pro bono publico (for the public good)

    Episode 2: pro bono publico (for the public good)

    We are back with Episode Two, where we debate the hot topic: should speed limits be reduced on residential streets. How do Nishi (our hand-drawn lawyer) and Jack (road engineer) take on this subject? After the debate, we have a great discussion about how bringing data and evidence into an argument can help or hinderContinue reading "Episode 2: pro bono publico (for the public good)"

    • 40 min
    Episode 1: compos mentis (having command of mind)

    Episode 1: compos mentis (having command of mind)

    In our first episode, two of our favourite voices in the innovation ecosystem debate the relationship between necessity and invention. After the debate, we have a great discussion about “mic drop” moments, the challenges with being forced into position and having to argue your point, and how building bridges in everyday conversations can be helpedContinue reading "Episode 1: compos mentis (having command of mind)"

    • 39 min
    Episode 0: ab initio (from the beginning)

    Episode 0: ab initio (from the beginning)

    What makes critical conversation and debate so difficult in today’s world? When the stakes are high or the topic is close to your heart, how can we meaningfully engage with someone who may not share our point of view? How can we develop the tools and strategies that let people with polarized opinions find commonContinue reading "Episode 0: ab initio (from the beginning)"

    • 3 min

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