The Great Debate Professional Bragging Competition and Fundraiser

The Great Debate took place over the first ten months of 2020. It was conceived as a good-natured, fun avenue for discussion and bragging about the mining profession, while generating donations to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Game (or Serious Discussion)

Teams (sectors) of the mining industry’s leading braggarts were enlisted to brag, roast, cajole and otherwise humorously make a case for their supreme importance to civilization. Teams included the following:

  • Geoscientists (geologists, geochemists, geophysics, land)
  • Miners (engineers, equipment operators, blasters, etc.)
  • Metallurgists and Processing People
  • Emerging Leaders (under 40)
  • Women Mining Professionals
  • Environmental/Safety/Governance

From January through October 2020, one sector's position statement was published monthly in SME's Mining Engineering Journal.

You can read each sector's positions by clicking here for the articles as published by SME.

The Finale

On October 30th, The Great Debate concluded with a virtual "Happy Hour" in which the team leaders congregated on a virtual platform to present their final and best arguments. Votes and donations were tabulated to determine that the METALLURGISTS provided the most important work and benefits to society as a whole. They won bragging rights, all sector leaders were awarded an artistic caricature to hang on their portrait wall.

All was in good fun, and the evening ended with good humor and camaraderie.

Scroll down for a look at the final scoreboard. If you would like to watch the full version or clips of the videos from the Finale on October 30th, please choose from below:

DBS Geoscientists
https://youtu.be/ud8Vjg_GlGs
DBS Thanks Supporters
https://youtu.be/_Kp21CtK-ZE
Highlight Video
https://youtu.be/4wcQhyWWEv8
Marc LeVier Metallurgists
https://youtu.be/yAkWRhPJfV8
Ruby Barickman for Emerging Leaders
https://youtu.be/MZJNRNHx5u0
Tim Arnold for Miners
https://youtu.be/dR1wQ6i8gW8
William Lipps for Environmental/Safety
https://youtu.be/jEbJmjhNN5Y
Ann Carpenter & Kelly Ward Women
https://youtu.be/u_mx4vjm9lg


Full Feature Video of The Great Debate Finale
https://youtu.be/awxEKkPYsuk



Great Debate Final Scoreboard

The Metallurgists have won the 2020 Great Debate!!! Thank you to everyone who participated.

Help Your Team Win
Geoscientists
Geologists, Geochemists, geophysics, land
641
Points
Miners
Engineers, Equip Operators
686
Points
Metallurgists
and Processing
798
Points
Emerging Leaders
Under 40
257
Points
Women Mining Pros
Under 40
568
Points
Enviro/Safety/Gov
Under 40
252
Points
TOTAL RAISED IN 2020
32K

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