"Discovering civic-tech" | 1-6 February, Edinburgh, Scotland.
The first activity of 2017 working plan - an international seminar ‘Discovering civic-tech’ - took place in Edinburgh, Scotland from 1st to 5th of February. Participants from 15 countries were given a unique opportunity to learn about digital participation in policy-making on local, national and European levels. In addition, they discussed the reasons for the disconnection between young people and policy makers, and possible solutions to improve participation of young people in the decision-making using digital tools.
Being the first activity of the cycle on E-democracy, this seminar was meant to give the participants an introduction to the topic of e-democracy and participation, and inspire them to engage in the activities using digital tools on a local level. The following objectives have been set and successfully reached during the seminar:
- Discuss challenges regarding digital participation
- Learn about tools that can be used for digital participation
- Define and develop competences about digital democracy and e-participation
- Empower participants to improve the conditions for digital participation
- Expand understanding and knowledge about digital participation and e-democracy
The exchange of ideas between the young people from different countries and backgrounds was very beneficial for both the experts and the participants. Many of them had developed plans to cooperate with their new-found friends to set up own actions at home and internationally. In this way, we will ensure that the voices of young people are heard at the EU level, thus empowering them to influence future policy change while using the possibilities for digital participation in decision-making.