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Does the democratic issue excite you? Do you want to work on a concrete shift towards a democratic culture that places its trust in its citizens, that dares to believe in real deliberation, representation and participation of all Brussels residents, Bruxellois.es and Brusselaars? And get to work with a great team of volunteers? Join Agora!

Agora is a citizens' political movement that runs on energy of a lot of different sources! The movement was launched by a handful of volunteers and now has seven employees and around thirty volunteers. Inspired by the idea of sociocracy, Agora is organised into working groups, each with legitimacy to act on its topic, using places and tools to help share information and, where necessary, make joint decisions. 

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Want to get involved, but you're not sure how much time you have to give? No worries! It's possible to volunteer for Agora in different ways, and with different levels of commitment, at your own speed and tempo:

  • Help out from time to time: you'd like to help us when it's possible, once in a while? And you're interested in helping us with specific tasks on a short-term basis? For example:

    • when we are selecting citizen participants by lot, you can help by distributing letters in Brussels

    • welcome assembly participants on the day of the assembly.

    • help translate texts for the assembly or parliamentary team, or help interpret and translate on the day of the assembly itself...
       

  • Volunteer on a permanent basis: perhaps you'd like to join one of the working groups and dive deeper into a specific aspect of the project. If you want to participate regularly in meetings, and you can commit to one or more tasks on a medium- or long-term basis, for example:

    • help edit the press releases if you work with the Communication working group

    • organise events and activities to promote the well-being of volunteers by joining the 'Source' working group 

    • organise an event about participatory democracy together with Agora and partner organisations from the network if you join the RelEx working group.

  • Become an ambassador: if you've been following us from afar, and the project speaks to you, maybe you'd like to support Agora by getting people interested and sharing information. Help us with external communication by spreading the word and other calls to action with people you know!

    • for example, the night before an election, you send a message to encourage your friends and family to vote for Agora

We really appreciate the interest of anyone who is considering joining the project, so we organise special welcome moments for potential new volunteers. Here you will learn about the basics of the Agora project and how it's organised, plus there's time to ask any questions during the Q&A. We will talk about the communication tools we use. We have also set up a buddy system to support new volunteers and provide a more personal (and informal) follow-up.

To get a general idea of what Agora is about, check out 'Hey Agora!', our guide which gives a basic introduction to this project (in French and Dutch). We will happily answer any questions about this document during our meeting. 

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It's important to know that, as a volunteer, you have no direct impact on the choice of topics or decisions made within the assembly, nor on our elected member of parliament. Our work as volunteers focuses on developing and promoting this form of democracy - and making the magic of participation happen through the contributions of the participants who are selected by lot!

If you'd like to join the movement and get involved in Agora, fill in the form below (or get in touch with us via info@agora.brussels)