EUth Engages Youth in Public Participation
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07Feb
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EUth Engages Youth in Public Participation

by maxkortlander   |   07 Feb, 2018

The EUth project is developing an online platform called OPIN to facilitate youth participation. OPIN has already launched and is currently being piloted internationally. The open platform has been developed to facilitate youth participation in a variety of contexts. Those wishing to start projects on OPIN can simply register on the platform via the URL https://opin.me and send a request. They will then be enabled to create different projects based on the OPIN software’s six ready-made templates (Brainstorming, Text Review, Idea Challenge, Map-based Projects, Poll, and Agenda Setting). For example, one project in Georgia is using OPIN for political education projects. Others use it for internal organization of their youth.

There are a number of organizations, including governments, which seek and value contributions from young people. Consultation is one aspect of youth contribution which is facilitated by OPIN. However, consultation alone does not provide an avenue for decision-making, which is why OPIN also includes the ability to brainstorm ideas and to vote on them.  

It’s easy to assume that young people might flock to anything digital, but this is not the case. As members of the EUth project have found, it is essential for youth to see the impact of their online activity—the medium alone is not enough. But following a series of face-to-face co-creation sessions and with a wide testing ground of 15 international pilot projects, the EUth project has developed a platform that is not only attractive and easy to use, but also makes its users aware of their contribution and impact, and allows them to play a constructive role in decision-making.

Insights such as these have helped to form another output of the project: guidelines for youth participation. These guidelines don’t only focus on eparticipation, but rather provide guidance and information regarding youth participation generally.

Engagement of youth is part of an open government that is accessible and accountable to everyone—even those too young to participate in political votes. EUth shows that youth engagement and participation can play a valuable role in creating more open and involved communities.

 


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