Sharing Power Across Generations: youth engagement on Facebook at beyond

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Organisers of the Sharing Power conference, which is taking place in Whakatane over next couple of days,has sought to encourage young people to actively contribute throughout and to engage in intergenerational learning, decision-making, and collaboration at all levels. For these purposes, young people are those who are 35 and under – and those young at heart!

Based on past workshops and project feedback, some of the benefits of engaging in intergenerational partnership include:

  • improved communication and understanding between different generations
  • sustaining the values in society, while allowing flexibility for change
  • enhanced sustainability decision-making
  • improved intergenerational equity
  • better outcomes on sustainability projects

To read more, visit the Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability Wiki website.

In preparation for January, a Facebook Group was created to assemble a global youth network interested in the conference themes. Some will attend the conference and others will not, but all can contribute to outcomes and follow-up activities.

The group currently number more than 200 people.

The name of the Facebook network is: Nga Wawata o Nga Rangatahi o te Ao – Aspirations of the youth of the world.

As young participants arrive in Whakatane, we plan to hold an orientation event, followed by check-in meetings each morning and evening for strategizing and reporting about the day.

A key question we will be asking one another is “What can we learn, contribute, and carry forward from the conference?”

A dedicated room in the Conference venue has been set aside for rangatahi (youth) to meet. There will be a youth panel in the opening plenary session and we will also provide a guide to the youth-related sessions, though we also encourage young people to integrate themselves and participate actively in all conference streams. We anticipate that the event and participants will be rich with inspiration! As a youth network we want to help bring about the ‘new vision for development’ that we articulate in creative and collaborative ways.

Looking forward to seeing you in Whakatane! (Dominic, Pia and Tui)

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