The CloseUp Discussion Club provides room for informal public debates, which keep out the discourse of 'orthodox' formal discussions with its rigid audience-versus-lecturer format.
Debating at the CloseUp Discussion Club allows for genuine sharing of opinion and responsible participants' involvement in the debated topics.
Discussions take place Thursdays, 6.30 pm.: discussion topics are announced beforehand through the elektrik_bg mailinglist, among others.
The club opens space for participants to share and therefore presenters are challenged to go beyond rigidly framed presentations and to establish good rapport with the audience.
The club does not waste efforts to 'mimic' an environment of supporters. Presenters have to work to receive understanding and support for their views.
The club is open to anyone who is interested in joining and open to share their opinion freely. The discussions cover a wide range of topics, attracting various soical groups and individuals from all walks of life: in this way the club mobilizes impressive 'educational' resourses.
Discussion participants keep a dynamic profile, which mostly depends on the presented topic, the appeal of the preliminary topic announcement and naturally the presenter him/herself.
'Faking' an interesting topic and recruiting regular participants are not practiced at the club.
The club's 'regulars' are those who make a demanding audience: people capable of asserting their views in debates and responsibly presenting their positions.
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