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Thursday, October 6 • 3:15pm - 3:45pm
From Voice to Influence: The Youth and Participatory Politics Action Framework

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Sixties activists insisted, the personal is political. Change-makers in the digital age get that idea, and one-up it with another rallying cry: the political is social and cultural. This principle brings opportunity and peril to young people seeking to be change-makers. Platforms, digital strategies, and individual civic agents need to take this principle seriously so that young people can learn to engage each other, and their allies, in high-quality, equitable, and effective participation in digital-age civics, activism, and politics. Young people need practices for navigating digital environments that actively support the secure development of their identities as participants in public spheres, so their civic and political engagement today doesn’t harm or haunt them later.
In this hands-on and interactive workshop, participants will learn about the Youth and Participatory Politics Action Framework, developed by MacArthur Foundation’s Youth Participatory Politics Research Network. Comprising ten principles, the goal of our framework is to help both educators and ordinary civic actors design successful–– i.e., effective, equitable, and self-protective––participation one step at a time Participants will discuss essential goals and strategies concerning the action framework against their concrete contexts. Multiple perspectives are welcome. This workshop is open to a wide audience, not only to researchers but also to platform designers, educators, and other practitioners.
1. Why does it matter to me?  (equity)
2. How much should I share?  (self-protection)
3. How do I make it about more than myself?  (equity)
4. Where do we start? (efficacy)
5. How can we make it easy and engaging for others to join in? (efficacy)
6. How do we get wisdom from crowds? (equity & self-protection)
7. How do we handle the downside of crowds?  (equity & self-protection)
8. How does raising our voices count as civic and political action?  (efficacy)
9. How do we get from voice to change? (efficacy)
10. How can we find allies? (efficacy)
The workshop includes minimal lecturing for the introduction and maximal interactive sessions for inquiry practice among participants.  Participants will be asked to post any questions to an ad hoc online space, like Hackpads (http://www.hackpads.com), or on the wall using post-it sheets.  The overall structure involves the following:

  • Introductory presentation on Youth and Participatory Politics Action Framework

  • Breakout sessions

  • Participants form small groups by shared issues regarding the action framework.

  • An action-reflection rubric is distributed. The rubric can guide participants to connect their contexts and experiences effectively to the action framework. It can be also used to visualize their practice in a 3-D graph.

  • Participants discuss how they can redesign or improve their practice, what challenges are expected in such processes, and how to overcome them.

  • Group Presentation and Q & A

  • Participants review the questions contributed thorough the session, pick a few important ones (or, they can vote for the most desired questions), and discuss them.

  • Reflection and evaluation


Thursday October 6, 2016 3:15pm - 3:45pm PDT
Emerald Bay B