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DEVELOPMENT

How to enable more eParticipation? Practice, resources, spreading and competencies

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Participants of the Open summit on youth eParticipation in Europe "Future is Now" are invited to brainstorm and share their ideas. You have the chance to give your input even if you cannot participate in all of the discussion groups. Your ideas will be reviewed and discussed in the group. They are the basis for our 12 statements that will be presented by the end of the day.

The discussion group DEVELOPMENT will take place on thursday at 16:00 - 17:45 in room Seminar I.


Thanks for participating!

This project is already over. Thanks a lot to everyone for taking part in the project!

Presentation of findings

The findings of the discussion group will be posted here until the end of the day.

 

 

Recommendations from development group:

 

  • Change of mind-set with regards to eParticipation and digital methods and convey to policy-makers that e-tools are a win-win situation

 

  • Map and reach intermediaries with a message that will convince them

 

  • The tool is important, but the participatory process and the participatory culture are very key

 

 

Individual arguments of the group discussion:

Group 1 - Politicy-makers

Recommendations

- Change of mind-set with regards to eParticipation and digital methods

- E-tools are good to reduce the costs of participation: 0 costs the administration and 0 costs for politicians

- Youth Metre! Go local! Measurable and able to reach the grassroots

- More benefits for politicians and for young people: eParticipation puts everyone at the same level 

- When Policy-makers ask young people, they should implement the outcomes

- Making processes designed from a multi-sector or multidisciplinary perspective

 

Group 2 - Intermediaries

 

Who?

Teachers

Researchers

youth workers

social workers

youth councils and organisations

Student unions and parliaments

People and institutions that gather and spread information

NGOs

Community development organisations

Entrepreneurs

Political bodies and associations

Media

 

How to convince them of the interest of participation ?

 

Awareness raising and capacity building including cultural framework

Learning about your own goals and motivations: Participation is useful for me

Have clarity of added value for your own agenda

Use the right to participatie to elverage your own goals

Using national curricula and combine fomal and informal education 

Have public private partnerships

use adapted wordings

See best practices 

Be part of an international network

Feedback from youth participants

Adapting to local circumstances and needs

 

 

Group 3 - Developers Group

 

- just developing a platform does not automatically make young people get involved

- keep in mind that most times such online tools are the only opportunity for young people to get involved (thats the difference to adult users)

- find balance between bottom up and top down: always try to get early feedback and testing by users

- try to get feature requests from a very broad user group and cluster feature request

- dont be disappointed if not all features can be implemented

- think first about the issues to address and then wonder if the solution is building something from scratch or combining existing tools 

- start with the participation process and how to get young people involved, and then see if you can use a tool

The results that were proposed by the Developement group are:

 


  • Change of mind-set with regards to eParticipation and digital methods and convey to policy-makers that e-tools are a win-win situation

 


  • Map and reach intermediaries with a message that will convince them 

 


  • 3.The tool is important, but the participatory process and the participatory culture are very key


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