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.

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:

Full Feature Video of The Great Debate Finale

You Can Still Donate!

While the final tabulations have been made, the National MIning Hall of Fame and Museum could still use your help. Donations in the name of The Great Debate will still be accepted through the end of the year, although no more voting will be scored.

DONATE ONLINECl

If you prefer, you mail call or mail in your donation.

  • Donate by Phone: Call 719-486-1229 to pay with a credit card by phone. Please include the information below.
  • Donate by Check: Please make checks payable to NMHFM and on the memo line print "The Great Debate."
    Mail to:  
    National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
    PO Box 981
    Leadville, CO 80461

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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