A Notwestminster 2018 workshop from Sean Peacock
When we think about strengthening local democracy, we rarely think about how we might do this for, and with, young people. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how we can enable young people to be ‘doers’ and ‘makers’ of local democracy. This will involve reflecting on the opportunities and barriers there currently are for involving young people in local democratic processes. We’ll discuss our day-to-day experiences and share ideas for practical things we could do to strengthen local democracy for (and with) young people.
So if you’re someone who already involves young people in democracy, or if you’re a young person who wants to be more involved, or if you’re someone who would like to do more to engage with young people, please come along to start the conversation.
This workshop may be audio-recorded for research purposes. If you’re participating on the day, you’ll be asked for your permission at the start of the workshop. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime.
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Open Lab, Newcastle University
Sean is a PhD student in Digital Civics and Urban Planning, based in the Open Lab at Newcastle University. His research interests centre on exploring different ways to involve young people in placemaking, urban planning and civic life through the design and use of digital technologies. Prior to this, he professionally trained as an urban planner and worked in several local government roles in London and his native North East of England. He is interested in collaborating with individuals and organisations who wish to engage young people meaningfully in local civic issues.
We are Generation D
Strengthening our local democracy is something that we can only do together. Democracy needs to work better for everyone, all the time, win or lose. We think that the stronger local democracy we all want and deserve could be just around the corner. And we don’t need a tardis to get there. We just need each other.
The future of local democracy starts with us. So let’s talk about our democratic generation. Let’s talk about our regeneration.
But let’s not stop at the talking.