Democracy and participation, Communities

Campfire Light Debates


Who is behind this?

Oana Maria Iliescu

Asociatia Moldova Apicola (Beekeeping Moldova Association)


Who is joining forces?

Enduro Ranch


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

The Project wants to attract youngsters to nature and to face to face discussions and debates. Social Media often alienates people, especially those not mature enough to sense the danger of “information bubbles”. The space for debates and the campfires are offered by one of the Project Partners, an off-road adventure park situated in the Metropolitan Area of Iasi, only 15 km away from the city center. The target group is formed by urban and rural population aged 17–30 yrs and 31-55 yrs.

Where will your idea take place?

Iasi, Romania. Enduro Ranch, off-road adventure park situated only 15 km away from the city center.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Take the stage, take the floor AND take the park. To make a point. To learn how to make a point, without “trolling”, “ghosting” or “blocking” anybody. It’s time to get back to basics. The Ancient Greek „Agora” and the Roman „Forum” are surely best practice examples, an inspiration for us all.

What is your impact?

The “Campfire Light Debates” Project will emphasize the importance of face to face debates, discussions, networking. The online rage, fake news and fake accounts make people – who aren’t familiarized with other ways or patterns of communication – to act irrational, aggressive and self-destructive.

How do you get there?

The duration is 6 months – July, Aug, September, Oct, Nov, December 2018, with at least two debates per month. We will make some noise, publish the themes of debates, the rules and regulations, encourage applications from speakers, encourage public participation. Enduro Ranch is open to community concerns, to nature and to communication. The unconventional location that this off-road adventure park is providing will be prepared accordingly including the campfires, hence the Project name.

What is your story?

The Campfire Light Debates Project is transmitting in symbolical way that the phisical light of fire encourages the enlightment of minds through debates. The youngsters are our motivation, always they should be. My daughter, 18 years old, she’s very good at debating and this brought the idea, first.

Who are you doing it for?

The target group formed by urban and rural population of Iasi City and County, 17–30 / 31-55yrs interested, curious about Europe, democracy, challenges
Stakeholders: citizen organizations, debate groups and organizers, local authorities, schools, universities Beneficiaries: Iasi County inhabitants

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are very interested in being contacted by Ruhr area potential partners, to already begin discussions for our Campfire Light Debates Project and for finding ways to include them in our concept which we believe in.




Idea created on Jan. 9, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 17, 2018

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