About DebateGraph

DebateGraph.org is a social enterprise that combines argument visualization with collaborative wiki editing to make the best arguments on all sides of every complex public debate freely available to all, and continuously open to challenge and improvement by all.


The DebateGraph Team

Peter Baldwin: DebateGraph co-founder Peter Baldwin was a federal MP for Sydney from 1983-1998, including six years as a minister in the Hawke/Keating government, first as Minister for Higher Education and Employment Services (1990-93) and then as Cabinet Minister for Social Security (1993-96).

Following the change of federal government in 1996, he held Opposition shadow portfolios of Education and Finance before retiring from politics in 1998.

After leaving politics, Peter became interested in argument mapping as a means for raising the quality of debate about public policy issues, and in particular the potential for the web to enable dispersed collaboration on the creation of large-scale argument maps of complex and contentious issues.

Building on his programming experience prior to entering politics, Peter began to develop the software underlying DebateGraph as a web application to facilitate large scale, collaborative argument mapping.

David Price

David Price: Prior to co-founding DebateGraph with Peter, David Price worked in public policy research and consultancy, TV documentary production, and community mediation; all the time exploring the potential for collaborative argument mapping to enhance public communication and understanding.

Across his career, David has worked with various public and private sector organisations including: the BBC, the European Commission, the UK Prime Minister’s Office, H. M. Treasury, British Telecom, Ofcom, and Virgin TV.

David has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in organisational learning and environmental policy, and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Bath.

He lives with his wife and three children in Somerset, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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4 thoughts on “About DebateGraph

  1. hey,

    this looks GREAT! thanks for offering this to the public!
    – at first sight, this looks like PeronalBrain (which I rely on for my own) concept mapping, but it´s way(!) better. especially opening this to collaborative work, mkes this great.

    I immediately consider using it for a course I will give with a colleague.

    … the one thing I am thinking about – after some experiences with “clever” software, and resources on the net, that are so good that you get to rely on it, is this:
    how can I be safe using it for an open amount of time, that I can control? what is the scenario, should this server go down, your project expire or anything likewise…?!
    – a convincing answer to this will buy me in, I guess…! :-)

    best + thanks again!
    oliver

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