Liberty, justice
and debate for all

We come to know our thoughts and ideas best when we defend them; we come to a better understanding of the world around us as others challenge those ideas with their own. Formal debate allows people on both sides of an issue to make their voices heard, and Podius endeavors to elevate the content and tone of civic discourse. Here, individuals and teams test ideas against each other and bring a wide variety of perspectives to the discussion. When we engage each other in a debate that is civil, as well as civic, everybody wins.


Elevating our ideas, equally

Our civic debates take the form of two opposing viewpoints brought together in a public arena, with the intention of informing an audience on a topic of general interest. In the past, we’ve supported state think-tanks hosting debates with groups on the other side of the political aisle, or national organizations broadcasting debates to an audience of millions through public television and radio. Podius exists to raise the level of civic discourse in America – for that to occur, both sides must be clearly and equally represented in the debate. Podius will not fund lectures, panel discussions between experts already in basic agreement with one another, or any other event that gives preference to one side of the discussion.

If intelligent discussion matters to you, let the world know.
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Agree to disagree, then talk to us

If your organization has a passion for civic debate, then we want to hear from you. Ideally, we look for partnerships between two groups that disagree, yet want to engage each other in a free and civil discussion. To apply for funding for your civic debate, we encourage you to first reach out to a potential opponent – then get in touch with us and share your debate idea. Note: If you’re applying for funding, you must be recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 public charity, or have a non-profit sponsor willing to partner with you on a public debate.

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See what civic debate is all about

If you want to hear both sides of an issue that’s been on your mind, check out the video libraries of a few of our sponsored organizations.

Hoping to attend a debate in person, or see what debates are coming up? Visit the Podius News page.