Diwanieh aims to create open, free, and critical debates where open dialogue is encouraged. We stage debates in public spaces to bring decision-makers and community members from all walks of life together.
The concept is simple, yet powerful: Jordanian citizens gather in a public place to debate and examine an important sociopolitical issue. Decision-makers and community members come together for Diwanieh, an open and free debate platform. Diwanieh also encourages Jordanian youth to organize debates in public arenas such as parks, archaeological sites and other high capacity venues.
The subjects of debates are carefully chosen to be both sensitive and relevant. Influential members of the community, including opinion leaders, local experts, government representatives, and political party representatives are invited to participate and speak. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the debates by voicing their stances on the issue prior to and after the debate.
The Jordanian public often veers discussion away from politically sensitive and taboo issues. In response, Diwanieh provides a safe environment where participants can express their personal opinions, regardless of their background, gender, age, or socio-economic class. Diwanieh is a mode through which the general public may voice their thoughts to political representatives.
Diwanieh also revives underused public spaces which once echoed with the beat of culture and diversity. We organize our platforms in these spaces to restore the liveliness of public parks, archeological sites and other underutilized venues.
Each debate consists of three parts. The first part consists of a debate conducted by Jordanian youth. Debaters are chosen based on their knowledge of the issue and debate experience. The second part of the program is a debate on the same issue conducted by decision-makers and community leaders.