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iiDebate Newsletter February 2017

Dear iiDebate followers, through this article , iiDebate communication Department would like to introduce you to our first Newsletter 2017. It will summarize our activities during the month of February 2017. In addition, we will provide you with a brief introduction to our new projects, partnerships , Trainings and iiD chapters updates.

Here you can download the iiDebate Newsletter February 2017

iiDebate Photo Contest

IIDebate Photo Contest

The International Institute of Debate lance une compétition  photo dans le cadre de son projet Tounsi W Nghayer.

Tounsi W Nghayer est un projet financé par —MEPI – The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative

Le principe est simple, prenez une photo avec votre téléphone, appareil photo numérique, bridge, réflexe ou même votre webcam. Votre photo doit impérativement être reliée à votre façon de voir la Tunisie en tant que citoyen Tunisien.

Le lieu de la prise de la photo n’a pas d’importance tant que le thème est respecté.

Le message que vous allez insérer dans le formulaire ci bas sera important lors de la sélection.

Les photos reçues seront partagées sur notre page facebook et un système de vote sera mis en place mélangeant entre le nombre de “J’aime” et l’appréciation du Jury.

La date limite pour soumettre votre photo est le Jeudi 31 Mars 2016 avant minuit GMT+1.

Le nom du gagnant sera annoncé le Samedi 2 Avril 2016.

Chaque participant à le droit de soumettre une seule et unique photo.

Le nom de la photo envoyé doit impérativement être de la sorte : Nom_Prenom.JPG

Pour plus de détails, contactez nous sur le 71 903 734 / 55 52 46 82.

Le prix à gagner est un mois de formation en ligne d’une valeur de 395€. Pour plus de détails, suivez ce lien.

Donc laissez votre amour à la Tunisie vous guider et montrez nous comment vous illustrez votre citoyenneté.

 Ci bas les finalistes, aimez la ou les photos qui vous plaisent le plus et que le meilleur gagne.
Le vote se termine le 02 Avril 2016 à 17h heure locale Tunis.

Technovation Application

Facilitator – Application

IIDEBATE Tounsi W Nghayer THinkamp

Thinkamp iidebate tunisie

“The International Institute of Debate”, dans le cadre de son dernier projet “Tounsi W Nghayer” est à la recherche de bénévoles motivées, résidant sur Tunis, Bizerte, Sfax, Gafsa, Gabès et Sidi Bouzid et qui voudraient se lancer dans une aventure de volontariat de 8 mois et faire parti de son large réseau d’activistes, membres et coordinateurs.

Tounsi W Nghayer” est un projet incubateur associatif financé par le programme Américain de partenariat « MEPI : Middle East Partnership Initiative ».

Le role du facilitateur / animateur est de:

  • S’assurer que chaque phase du projet est réalisée dans les termes.
  • Faire en sorte que le déroulement du projet se fait de façon dynamique, fluide et pleine d’énergie.
  • Motiver les participants en les aidant à être créatifs et aller de l’avant dans l’élaboration de leurs projets.
  • L’animation de sessions de formations. (Le contenu, le matériel logistique ainsi que la méthode seront mis à disposition à temps.)


IIDEBATE Tounsi W Nghayer THinkamp

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IIDebate Tunisian Tournement

The International Institute of Debate has organized on  Sunday April 17th, 2016, the first edition of the IIDebate Tunisian Tournament in partnership with Avicenne Private  Business School .

This tournament  was intiated by  The international Institute of Debate  and funded by MEPI and aims to encourage all university and high school students who are interested in debate to develop their skills and gain more experience in this field.

This  one-day event of debate under the Mace Format  has gathered more than 40 youth  from many universities, high schools and youth organizations  and was divided in 8 teams  to compete in debates in English.


The motions of the debates  were focused  around several topics such as media, the foreign policy of Tunisia, social media affects in the society , plastic bags banning and its risks on the environment among other topics.

The competition ended with the awarding  of YES_Alumni team with the championship after winning the final debate against the MSB team (Mediterranean School of Business) with the following motion  « This house believes that decentralization is the solution for the success of the democtratic transition in Tunisia. »

The debaters have expressed their happiness to participate in this event and their satisfaction with the organization of the event hoping to see a wider participation of young people interested in debates in the next edition of the tournement and to include more people from all over the country.

The International Institute of Debate also thanked all the adjudicators,  moderators and volunteers who contributed to the success of the first edition of the ” International Institute of Debate Tunisian Tournament.”

You are judged based on 2 criteria during the first meeting.

"If you feel like you shouldn't be somewhere: Fake it. Do it not until you make it- but until you become it."

People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating?


Amy Cudd - TED-talk

Amy Cudd – TED-talk

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions.

In her new book “Presence,” Cuddy says people quickly answer two questions when they first meet you:

  • Can I trust this person?
  • Can I respect this person?

Psychologists refer to these dimensions as warmth and competence respectively, and ideally you want to be perceived as having both.

Interestingly, Cuddy says that most people, especially in a professional context, believe that competence is the more important factor. After all, they want to prove that they are smart and talented enough to handle your business.

"If you feel like you shouldn't be somewhere: Fake it. Do it not until you make it- but until you become it."

“If you feel like you shouldn’t be somewhere: Fake it. Do it not until you make it- but until you become it.”

But in fact warmth, or trustworthiness, is the most important factor in how people evaluate you. “From an evolutionary perspective,” Cuddy says, “it is more crucial to our survival to know whether a person deserves our trust.” It makes sense when you consider that in cavemen days it was more important to figure out if your fellow man was going to murder you and steal all your possessions than if he was competent enough to build a good fire.

Amy Cuddy

Cuddy’s new book explores how to feel more confident.


While competence is highly valued, Cuddy says it is evaluated only after trust is established. And focusing too much on displaying your strength can backfire.

Cuddy says MBA interns are often so concerned about coming across as smart and competent that it can lead them to skip social events, not ask for help, and generally come off as unapproachable. These overachievers are in for a rude awakening when they don’t get the job offer because nobody got to know and trust them as people.

“If someone you’re trying to influence doesn’t trust you, you’re not going to get very far; in fact, you might even elicit suspicion because you come across as manipulative,” Cuddy says. “A warm, trustworthy person who is also strong elicits admiration, but only after you’ve established trust does your strength become a gift rather than a threat.”

How to Master the Art of the First Impression?

iiDebate - First Impression

Amy Cuddy, a psychologist at the Harvard Business School, has been studying first impressions for more than a decade. She and her colleagues found that we make snap judgments about other people that answer two primary questions:

  • Can I trust this person?
  • Can I respect this person’s capabilities?

According to Cuddy’s research, 80 to 90 percent of a first impression is based on these two traits. Subconsciously, you and the people you meet are asking yourselves, “Can I trust that this person has good intentions toward me?” and “Is this person capable?”

We often assume that competence is the most important factor, and people have a tendency to play this up when they meet someone; however, Cuddy’s research shows that trust is the most important factor. In order for your competence to matter, people must trust you first. If there’s no trust, people actually perceive competence as a negative. As Cuddy said, “A warm, trustworthy person who is also strong elicits admiration, but only after you’ve achieved trust does your strength become a gift rather than a threat.”

How to Master the Art of the First Impression.

Since it only takes seconds for someone to decide if you’re trustworthy and competent, and research shows that first impressions are very difficult to change, the pressure that comes with meeting new people is justifiably intense.

If you try to project confidence but haven’t first established trust, your efforts will backfire. No one wants to end up respected but disliked. As Cuddy said, “If someone you’re trying to influence doesn’t trust you, you’re not going to get very far; in fact, you might even elicit suspicion, because you come across as manipulative.”

Once you recognize the importance of trustworthiness over competence, you can take control of the first impressions you make. Here are some tips to help you make that happen the next time you meet someone new:

1. Let the person you’re meeting speak first.

Let them take the lead in the conversation, and you can always ask good questions to help this along. Taking the floor right away shows dominance, and that won’t help you build trust. Trust and warmth are created when people feel understood, and they need to be doing a lot of sharing for that to happen.

2. Use positive body language.

Becoming cognizant of your gestures, expressions, and tone of voice and making certain they’re positive will draw people to you like ants to a picnic. Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the speaker are all forms of positive body language, which can make all the difference.

3. Put away your phone.

It’s impossible to build trust and monitor your phone at the same time. Nothing turns people off like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When you commit to a conversation, focus all your energy on the conversation. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them.

4. Make time for small talk.

It might sound trivial, but research shows that starting meetings with just five minutes of small talk gets better results. Many trust builders, such as small talk, can seem a waste of time to people who don’t understand their purpose.

5. Practice active listening.

Active listening means concentrating on what the other person is saying, rather than planning what you’re going to say next. Asking insightful questions is a great way to illustrate that you’re really paying attention. If you’re not checking for understanding or asking a probing question, you shouldn’t be talking. Not only does thinking about what you’re going to say next take your attention away from the speaker, hijacking the conversation shows that you think you have something more important to say. This means that you shouldn’t jump in with solutions to the speaker’s problems. It’s human nature to want to help people, but what a lot of us don’t realize is that when we jump in with advice or a solution, we’re shutting the other person down and destroying trust. It’s essentially a more socially acceptable way of saying, “Okay, I’ve got it. You can stop now!” The effect is the same.

6. Do your homework.

People love it when you know things about them that they didn’t have to share. Not creepy stuff, but simple facts that you took the time to learn from their LinkedIn page or company website. While this may not work for chance encounters, it’s crucial when a first meeting is planned ahead of time, such as a job interview or a consultation with a potential client. Find out as much as you can about all the people you’re meeting, their company, their company’s primary challenges, and so on. This demonstrates competence and trustworthiness by highlighting your initiative and responsibility.


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بيان صحفي تظاهرة محاكاة الانتخابات الوطنيّة لبرنامج تونسي و نغيّر

المعهد الدولي للمناظرات و برنامج مبادرة دعم الشراكة الأمريكيّة الشرق أوسطيّة ينظمان  تظاهرة محاكاة الانتخابات الوطنية ضمن برنامج “تونسي و نغيّر” وذلك يوم الأحد 18 ديسمبر 2016 بنزل المشتل بتونس العاصمة من الساعة 10 صباحا إلى الساعة 1 بعد الزوال

ضمن تظاهرة محاكاة الانتخابات الوطنية ستتنافس 5 فرق مترشحة للفوز بالجائزة الكبرى لبرنامج “تونسي و نغيّر”حيث سيكون ضمن الحضور ممثلين عن الحكومة ووزارة التشغيل و التكوين المهني و سفارة الولايات المتحدة بتونس و برنامج مبادرة دعم الشراكة الأمريكيّة الشرق أوسطيّة  كما ستجمع هذه التظاهرة أكثر من 100 مشارك من  ولايات بنزرت ,قابس, تونس الكبرى, صفاقس, باجة و قفصة

تظاهرة محاكاة الانتخابات الوطنية هي المرحلة النهائيّة لبرنامج “تونسي و نغيّر” الذي انطلق منذ شهر فيفري 2016 و قام من خلاله المعهد بتنظيم دورات تدريبية تهدف إلى توعية الشباب حول دورهم الفعال في الحياة المدنية وتشجيعهم على تنمية مبادراتهم من خلال تدريب أكثر من 180 شاب وشابة في ولايات بنزرت ,قابس, تونس الكبرى, صفاقس, باجة و قفصة على تقنيات الحوار، المناظرة و صقل مواهبهم في مجال المناصرة وآليات التواصل من أجل مساعدتهم على إنشاء مشاريعهم الجمعياتيّة و التنمويّة الخاصة

كما نظّم المعهد الدولي للمناظرات ضمن برنامج “تونسي و نغيّر”  6 تظاهرات محاكاة الانتخابات البلدية في الولايات المعنيّة ترشحت من خلالها 5 فرق بعد فوزها بأصوات الناخبين لتشارك في تظاهرة محاكاة الانتخابات الوطنية

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