Café Politique (format – café style public debate in an informal setting with a licensed bar, tea, coffee and cakes).
Topic: ‘IMAGINE…following the model of the Scottish (and UK) Youth Parliament: could a non-party Scottish Parliament work?
Speaker – Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), Louise Cameron, (International Relations student, University of St Andrews).
Chair (informal): Dr Kim McKee, Director of the Centre for Housing Research (University of St Andrews).
Pre referendum, as the chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), Louise was invited to talk to the Law Society of Scotland about the work of the SYP. The lawyers asked her the above question (that forms the title of the talk).
At the time Louise didn’t answer in detail, after some reflection, this informal talk is her response.
Style of Discussion:
The speaker introduces their 20 minutes informal talk in an accessible and challenging way.
We then open the floor up for comment, debate and discussion. The idea is not to follow a strict Q&A but to invite audience members to offer thoughts (facilitated by Kim). The idea is to create an atmosphere where people can talk openly, with passion and keeping minds open to new ideas (after Newcastle Café Culture format).
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