Structurally speaking, a debate has five main parts:

1. Summary

2. Position

3. Arguments

4. Rebuttals

5. Conclusion

Most debates also have rules about their resources. These serve to act as constraints. They are:

  • Time
  • Votes

The purpose of the discussion is to come to a decision about a complex…

Here is the secret to political success. It is only three things and this is what it takes. And here they are.

  1. Clarify your issue
  2. Build a coalition and
  3. Appeal to a higher authority

That’s it.

You can pick any issue at the local level, school board level, county, state…

The purpose of a debate is to arrive at a decision. The point of arriving at a decision is to review options. And the reason for reviewing options is to attain clarity around the problem or issue that you’re trying to resolve. Essentially, a decision is like a vote.


Over the weekend, on the car radio I heard parts of the Global Citizen conference in New York City and some of the speakers talked about the importance of citizen engagement, of changing the world, of coming together with like minds and really being a powerful influence and force on…

Technology offers more ways than ever for Americans to interact with their government, yet the turnout for the 2014 midterm elections was the lowest in 72 years. Even though citizens can read bills online, email their legislators and follow politicians on Twitter, many opt out of the political process.


It isn’t as though people don’t want to vote, it’s just that they don’t want to make a decision.


Making decisions is hard because you always think in the back of your mind, did I make the right decision or were there other options open that I should have…

The millennials generation is notoriously disillusioned about government, and who could blame them? They came of age with the terror attacks of 9/11, watched the U.S. go to war, and just as they ventured into the job market, along came the Great Recession.

But another hallmark of the millennials generation…

We should get money out of politics. Everyone says it is corrosive and corrupts.

But ask any candidate who lost his last campaign if he could have used more money and I think he’ll say yes.

The problem is not too much money. The problem is narrowly focused sources of…

“I hate politics. I don’t understand Congress. And I have no idea about who to vote for in the election.” That’s what I used to say until the political gene turned on in my late 30's.

For me, politics was boring and nobody cared. Congress was just a bunch of…

Many of us are frustrated and annoyed by the hypocrisy and infighting in Washington. We are constantly reminded that elections have consequences and November is our time to act at the ballot box.

All of this is true but I know many of us remain antsy. So can we do…

John Thibault

Founder, CEO iLobby & Author How to Change a Law, SWAY and The Political Game. Change policy and see around corners.

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