Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

A Cup of Soup for Democracy


Who is behind this?

Iveta Kazoka


Who is joining forces?

Dirty Deal Teatro


We would collaborate with different civic society organisations. Priority would be given to organisations representing refugees and to organisations promoting critical thinking skills

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

What if one day you were passing through your town square and saw a group of people sitting around a soup cauldron engaged in conversation? What if it was made clear that anyone could join? Would you join in for a cup of soup and a conversation?

Where will your idea take place?

Various towns in Latvia

Why does Europe need your idea?

A major challenge for contemporary democracy is the existence of information bubbles. Our idea would bring politicians, locals, immigrants, and refugees together to share something comforting, and – in so doing – provide them with an inclusive forum to share their views.

What is your impact?

Success: if everyone involved (particularly politicians and opinion-makers) have had exposure to less frequently heard outlooks. We also strive for considerable media coverage and replication of soup conversations across Europe.

How do you get there?

1. Set up a project team and schedule of conversations;
2. Create structure of conversations: basic rules, moderation, common approach and visual identity;
3. Decide on and start inviting initial participants – each conversation should have at least some politicians and opinion-leaders representing different political leanings, and migrants. Schedule their appearance during each conversation;
4. Settle logistics (soup cauldron, transport, permits, info to media);
5. Launch the campaign.

What is your story?

We're a think-tank with a mission to promote evidence based policy making and open society values. This idea is the ultimate challenge for us as an organisation: would we be able to converse with a less familiar public directly and what would we learn in the process?

Who are you doing it for?

Through our conversations, we want to foster an environment that destigmatizes migrants and politicians in the eyes of locals, in that way decreasing existing stereotypes, fear or anger. In addition, we want to provide opinion-makers with much needed exposure to less frequently heard outlooks.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Can you suggest some successful examples of organising public events which blend deliberation, activism and art? What are potential pitfalls that we need to be aware of?




Agnese Lace

Rasmuss Filips Geks

Linda Jakobsone

Idea created on Jan. 17, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 17, 2018

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