On June 14th CaSMa and Gada organized a joint workshop to explore the “youth civic engagement in the digital age”, which was funded by a seed-grant from the Governance and Public Policy RPA. The purpose of this workshop was to explore definitions and understanding around what youth civic engagement is (and also what is not), what motivates young people to engage and how to reach out to those whose voice is not being heard.
As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Gada for the civic-engagement in the digital age project, we participated in the Connected Life 2016 conference that was held at the Oxford Internet Institute on June 20th and 21st. We were particularly interested in this conference because of the deliberate efforts by the (student) organizers to include not only academics but also activists and civic/civil-society NGOs among the speakers and discussion panels. While the first day of the conference consisted of academic talks, the second day was organized around workshops and panel discussions by activist/NGOs.
Connected Life 2016 is a two-day student-run conference dedicated to sparking exchange between disciplines and showcasing emerging Internet research. Bringing together participants from across the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, Connected Life seeks to foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the Internet and its multifaceted effects.
The theme for this year is Collective Action and the Internet. The Conference explores how the Internet affects collective action; both in big social movements, such as the Arab Spring and the Hong Kong Protests, and in more everyday forms of collaboration. Though other social science research relating to the Internet is most welcome as well
Conference programme is here.
- City council
- National parliament outreach
- Regional & national civic NGOs
- Political/activist student societies
- Interested students
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome, registration and opening survey
11:00 – 11:15 Ice-breaker
11:15 – 11:40 What do we understand by civic engagement?
Aims and objectives of the event
What is civic engagement? Some background information
What is civic engagement? Examples from participants
Adopting a definition
11:40 – 12.10 Focus groups: motives, barriers and facilitators of youth civic engagement
Breaking into focus groups and choosing rapporteurs
Focus group discuss key issues/questions
12:10 – 12:20 Coffee break
12:20 – 12:35 Rapporteurs present findings
12:35 – 12-55 Wrap-up session
Discussing the findings
What have we learnt?
What do we do next?
12:55 – 13:00 Closing survey
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and networking at Trent Cafe