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Ruben Maes

Ruben Maes
Ruben Maes

began his career as vice chair of the Dutch Young Liberals of the Dutch Liberal (Conservative) Party, then changed course and joined Niet Nix (Not Nothing), a movement linked to the Dutch Labour Party. In the meantime he has become a much-in-demand chairman and moderator of debates, symposia, and conferences, combining his journalistic intuition with a fine sense of atmosphere. Maes also gives media training and teaches others to become moderators. He studied political science and subsequently joined a research agency focussed on strategic campaign advice. In addition he freelanced for BNR Nieuwsradio and PM Den Haag. Maes founded his own agency, &MAES, in 2003.

(WU 2014 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2015 – SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    This is Our Way — Public Discussion

    This is our way, and that is their way... How do you deal with one another in an environment where so many cultures live side by side? What language do you speak? What do you do on one another's holidays? In the Netherlands we can't quite figure it out. Tonight three writers—two of them from countries with long histories of multiculturalism—provide ideas for dos and don'ts. No laws, just manners. The public will discuss these ideas. Do we adopt them or not? In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Nothing to hide! A debate with the audience

    Nothing to hide, my whole life on Facebook. Or rather, surely not? Why should we bother about privacy and how to use it in the social media? What are the differences in outlook between youngsters and the older generation? In a Socratic conversation we try to find the core of our need for privacy and what the unwritten rules of Facebook and Twitter are. During the search, we are aided by three experts, philosopher and writer Connie Palmen, primatologist Jan van Hooff and Maurits Martijn, a journalist and expert in the field of privacy and surveillance. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2013 – Winternacht 2 - schrijvers, muziek en film op vijf podia

    The Third Chamber of Parliament

    Third Chamber chair Ruben Maes invites you to debate, interrupt, and introduce amendments. Bring true democracy closer. Even if it is just for one evening. Five guests will spark off the debate: philosopher Maxim Februari opens with a column on the notion of citizen. Then cultural historian Thomas von der Dunk, journalist Paul van der Gaag and writers Christine Otten and David Van Reybrouck enter into a discussion with you, the audience. In Dutch.