Listening to a generation wrongly described as apolitical
The TUI Foundation wants to know how young people envisage the Europe of the future. What is needed is a participatory project in which young Europeans can not only express themselves but also let off steam creatively.
Young people are not interested in politics, or so it’s said. The unfortunate reality is that they are often not even asked about political matters. Thus, the challenge here was not only to find an appropriate way to address young people—but also ways to reach and involve them.
Young people and their political demands are usually dealt with in a top-down manner. With Young Europe we have chosen a different angle—eye level—and an approach that is both analog and digital. It’s easy to talk about other people, but it’s far more interesting to talk to other people.
Together with our young participants, we developed and drafted a charter, which calls upon policymakers to work towards a better Europe. We also collaborated on a graphic novel—a unique format for telling young people’s stories in a creative and exciting way. It was all worth the effort: Germany’s Federal President invited the Young Europe participants to his official Berlin residence, Bellevue Palace, for a special event. We also discussed the project’s results with numerous other high-level politicians.
Further information about the project can be found at www.young-eu.com.
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