might adequately reflect both government and citizen responsibility in the solvingof the problem.Based on the criteria outlined above the following topics were chosen: Unemployment,Crime, Poverty, Youth at Risk, Hungary's National Security, and Evaluation at Schools.
The Forum Convenor's Role
A forum convenor must be aware of the significance of public debate. With the help of the following suggestions and observations a forum convenor can ensure the quality of his or her work in the course of the debate. For instance, a simple collection of opinionswill not direct light on what underlies differences in opinion, nor will it show how peoplecan, on the basis of completely differing considerations, come to similar solutions to anygiven problem. A convenor should try to ensure that forum participants come to real decisions and areforced to make choices in the course of the debate. To do so the convenor should besure that opposing views are stressed when any suggestion is made. If forumparticipants themselves do not bring up opposing views you, as a convenor, should playdevil's advocate - naturally while retaining your neutrality - by saying "But a lot of peoplemight disagree with this and say..." When playing devil's advocate you should be carefulto make it clear that others have reasons that are at least as good as ours for holdingopinions that differ from ours.The contrast of differing opinions is also important because without a debate the onlything that will become clear in the course of the forum is who reads more newspapers.However, differences in awareness of a problem do not mean that a moreknowledgeable person necessarily has a better opinion than anyone else. As one of our weekly magazine's opinion page slogan puts it "Its easy to tell the truth, its just hard toget others to believe it". A forum is one of the best arenas for the balancing and contrastof differing opinions while also giving participants, the chance to become clear as towhat they think about the question at hand. By allowing us to contrast our thoughts with