Popular concept: The House of Commons-style debate

Your organization wants to implement changes or introduce a new policy. You want to develop a future vision for your municipality or province and you attach importance to the input of your constituents. Your company has a new strategy or new values that require support from your employees. The ‘House of Commons’ debate helps you because everyone has the opportunity to speak out based on a number of hypotheses. Experience shows that employees, citizens or customers are more supportive when they become involved and are being 'heard'.

The House of Commons is a discussion format of about one hour in which between ten to a hundred people discuss with each other a number of topics. In collaboration with you, I will turn your relevant topics into hypotheses or statements that provoke discussion. Per statement or hypothesis, there will be a six to ten minutes discussion. An appointed 'Speaker of the House' will judge the debate and appoint winners. Who articulated his or her position best? Who had the most humour? Who convinced most people? Who presented the strongest arguments?

Examples of other concepts based on popular (partly Dutch) TV formats:

  • Late Night show; talk show style interviews or debate of about one hour during which several guests are interviewed.
  • The World keeps spinning; a conversation or debate in which several guests are interviewed, sitting at a table. The moderator is assisted by a 'side-kick' to keep it light-touch.    
  • College Tour; a fire side conversation with one person of maximum one hour with the emphasis on questions from the audience (usually students).
  • The Glass House; a series of revolving pitches or short expert speeches in open air or in an open room or hall, in which spectators can walk in and out of.
  • In the Spotlight; an event centred around one person in the form of a stage interview about his or her life, career or a specific achievement. Important persons from his or her (business) life are invited to join by surprise and give their perspective.
  • Around Ten; the audience present enters into a moderated debate with each other in an informal setting. The audience itself is central, there are no special guests on stage.
Lenneke Hoedemaker


I combine a professional background in theatre with policy and communications experience



You want to get the most out of a strategic retreat, workshop or an ‘away-day’



A professionally moderated debate allows you to discover what drives your target audience



As chairwoman I make sure there is 'air to breathe' in your congress


Communication advice

I advise on content, format and key messages for your event



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Lenneke sparkles on stage and makes others shine. She is an intelligent, humorous woman, who quickly understands what the core is in the debate and who questions people open-mindedly. With Lenneke as moderator a meeting is not only constructive, but also just fun. 

Kathalijne Buitenweg, Member of Dutch Parliament GroenLinks,
former Group leader the Green party European Parliament

Lenneke is a passionate, creative and intelligent woman. Her social engagement combined with a great sense of humour makes her a perfect moderator.

Yvette Burghgraef van Eechoud, Director of European and International Affairs,
Ministry of Economic Affairs, former Ambassador of the Netherlands in Qatar

Lenneke knows how to perfectly combine knowledge of the content with responding to the feelings of the audience. In doing so, she does not forget to maintain the structure in a meeting in an attractive manner. 

Gerbert Mos, CEO of Finzie Hypotheken en Verzekeringen

Lenneke Hoedemaker is a great talent. As chairwoman and presenter she knows how to fascinate and touch people. Lenneke has the special ability to listen to people and to turn this into a nice addition to the conversation she is leading. Her enthusiasm and her good preparation ensure a substantive and inspiring conversation, seminar or presentation. Her sense of humour plays a major role in her accessibility

Michael van Hoorne, Director Van Hoorne Entertainment

A revelation. Lenneke is incredibly uninhibited and plays the audience with a good sense of humour

Lau Verwer, Executive Account Director AON Risk Management

Lenneke is a real joy to work with - not only does she bring energy to our public events; she is a true sparring partner in every aspect of the planning process. She is passionate about what she does - and so are we - which proves a perfect match!

Catelijne Muller, member of the European Economic and Social Committee,
EU High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence