Democracy and participation, Education

Flipped Democracy


Who is behind this?

Adam Nyman

Friends of Europe (Debating Europe)


Who is joining forces?

Czech Debate Society


The Czech Debate Society runs "Heart of Europe", an international debate tournament for high school students from across Europe. For more information see

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Democracy is in crisis as populist, illiberal forces are on the rise. Debating Europe wants to empower the next generation to take an active role and participate in democracy. Flipped Democracy will use online video tutorials and offline resources for teachers and debate clubs to train the next generation to engage with 21st Century democracy, preparing them for the upcoming 2019 European elections.

Where will your idea take place?

The tutorials will be hosted on Debating Europe, and the offline component across Europe as a whole.

Why does Europe need your idea?

We want to give digital natives the tools they need to debate online and be an active part of a European Public Space. We want to help boost youth voter turnout, including at the 2019 EU elections. We want to support teachers as they equip students for 21st Century democracy.

What is your impact?

Our combination of online and offline workshops will be open to all citizens, demonstrating how to:

- Use online tools to debate and amplify their voice
- Fact-check “fake news” and “alternative facts”
- Protect themselves against trolling and online harassment

How do you get there?

We will build on our experience as Europe's largest online debate platform to reach a youth audience. Video tutorials featuring experienced debaters - including politicians, social innovators and inspirational figures - will set out the basics of debating. The online components of the "Flipped Classroom" approach will then be available for teachers to download and incorporate into classes, along with instructions on how they can discuss the video lectures and materials with their students.

What is your story?

We believe passionately in dialogue and debate as the bedrock of democracy. We founded Debating Europe in 2011 as a way to promote independent discussion about Europe and the EU and create a European Public Space. Our core values are freedom of speech, transparency, dialogue, and democracy.

Who are you doing it for?

Our primary audience are European young people and students aged 16-25. Many of these digital natives lack the confidence to engage in debate in a constructive manner or are intimidated by online harassment. We’ll provide the tools necessary for them to become active in their classroom and online!

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

How to engage more teachers and students across Europe.




Idea created on Jan. 16, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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