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SYNERGIES

How to make citizen participation more attractive to youth? What can youth participation learn from citizen participation?

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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 SYNERGIES will take place on thursday at 16:00 - 17:45 in room Plenarsaal.


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Presentation of findings

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

 

 

Recommendation of the synergies group:

  • in any citizen participation project young people and existing supporting youth structures should be involved from the very beginning, in a project that has a concrete timeframe - and start young! 
  • Improve the education environment to boost participatory culture from an early age and empower individuals to take responsibility in the society
  • the participation digital platform should bring all age groups together 

 

 

 

Individual arguments from the discussion:

    - citizen participation gets better funded than youth participation 

    - the process counts! a good structured citizen participation project also works for youth 

    - age is very important (youth not grown or mature enough to know how they can influence the future)

    - difference between these two groups is how to approach them

    - youth group is in movement : but problem is that youth participation is only fostered for an age 18+ (should start earlier)

    - transparency is much more importeant than constumization - we should be transparent in general instead of gamificate youth participation

    - particapatory frustration also depends on economical and thus social crisis / problems

    

Group 1

- good participation processes should be available for everyone, but we shouldn't lose the youth work aspect. Young people can be discriminated in the society - there is a clear reason why we target young people

- problem to establish to what extent do young people actually take part in the political process (example of Barcelona, where youth activism is widespread)

- no big difference between less developed countries (ex. Balkans) and more highly developed in terms of youth participation

- break the culture of power starting from the school system - promote participatory culture from a very young age, starting from the education system: need to change mindset, to empower people to know they can make a difference

- make adults create the conditions to put the central focus on the young people

- transparency: change takes many years, if we fail we need to explain why

- role of parents: most children are unfamiliar with the topic of participation

- it makes no sense to create more and more tools for participation unless we enact a cultural change

 

 

Group 3

 learnt that participation is not so easy - should have available good examples because often first time users 

IMPACT need to have political will to change things, build trust that what they are doing leads to something, this trust is very important for future participation 

more important impact than goodies - have to see themselves in that reality 

 

Civic and young- the same in that they need to be real participatory processes but different topics and target strategy 

 

Youth 

dont know about it (some projects are successful with older adults but not with youth-why?) 

not informed enough 

don’t dare, a new world to navigate but the will is there, sometimes it’s not possible for them 

time- many civic participation have old people because they have time- involving young people at a later stage but not how it should be 

time frame and result, tangible 

 

gameification- gets them interested. But not all sectors have these skills, need interdisciplinary action 

 

country situations different 

 

Draft recommendation

special effort on communication, ensure there is always an IMPACT that they can see and a concrete timeline

 

 

Group 2:

 

- the participation digital platform should bring all age groups together 

 

 

 

 

 

The recommendations that were proposed by the Synergies group are:

 


  • in any citizen participation project young people and existing supporting youth structures should be involved from the very beginning, in a project that has a concrete timeframe - and start young! 

 


  • Improve the education environment to boost participatory culture from an early age and empower individuals to take responsibility in the society

 


  • the participation digital platform should bring all age groups together 


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