Ideas from the “Digital democracy: A panacea for youth disengagement?” workshop at #notwestminster 2015, hosted by Andy Mycock and Simon Campbell-Skelling. David Bundy represented this workshop at our Ideas Bazaar.
Only 44% of 18 to 24 year olds voted in 2010 UK General Election. Young citizens claim they feel excluded from politics, do not trust politicians or understand the language they use. Does ‘digital democracy’ have the potential to reverse this trend?
The three ideas
- Create links between councils and schools. Give children (14-16) a project that they devise & create. Understand links to democracy.
- Changing our behaviour. Embracing social media debate into policy making.
- Card contact conversation. Contextual information on policy change in your area.
Want to join us in working on one or more of these ideas?
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About the workshop hosts
Dr Andrew Mycock
Reader in Politics
University of Huddersfield
Dr Andrew Mycock is Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. His research interests focus on issues of youth citizenship and democratic participation. He served on the UK government’s Youth Citizenship Commission from 2008 to 2009. He recently contributed to the UK Parliament Digital Democracy Commission project, ‘Hardcopy or #Hashtag: Young people’s vision for a digital parliament’.
Community Heritage and Education Officer
Simon Campbell-Skelling works for Kirklees Council’s Community Heritage and Outreach Team. He is currently working on My Country My Vote. This is a partnership project between the council and the University of Huddersfield which seeks to encourage greater, and more positive, political engagement amongst young people.