Today during the Stadtrat’s dinner break from 19:00 to 20:30 a few of us met with a group of apprentices in the city’s administrative offices. The city offered sandwiches and mineral water and we sat around to a very interactive round of questions and answers.
A few of their questions:
- Is it not a bit disrespectful that one is speaking at the podium, the rest of the colleagues are making so much noise and walking around?
- If so much gets discussed and decided ahead of time, why does one need the parliament?
- What was the motivation to be in the city parliament?
It was a very animated discussion, a good mixture of people who like to speak in public anyhow – parliamentarians – and youth makes for very lively dialogue. We also had a chance to spend a few minutes to chat around. One of the young men in my little corner of the table likes writing fantasy stories that he publishes in German.
Discovering also that multitasking in the Rathaus is a skill to be trained. Listening, reading, writing, and yes… choosing which button to push – aka voting – at the right moment, while IMing, or at least trying.