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The aftermath of the symposium: Connecting The Dots

The Foundation was invited to travel to Tallinn, in Estonia, to participate as experts in the Symposium “Connecting the dots: Young People, Social Inclusion and Digitalisation” organised by the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The Symposium gathered 120 youth policy makers, researchers, practitioners from youth NGOs and youth work from across the signatory states of the European Cultural Convention, as well as actors (like Young Pirates of EuropeAdvisory Council on Youth, Council of EuropeEurodeskEuropean Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA)ALL DIGITAL, among others) from the digital field that work against existing inequalities.

The event focused on exploring the intersection between social inclusion of young people and digitalisation, reflecting especially on how digitalisation affects young people’s lives, and what is the role of youth policy, youth work and youth research in this field. It was articulated around young people’s experiences and how digitalisation has an impact on them, especially in relation to young people’s social inclusion. It thematic focus was on how social inclusion of young people is or can be affected by digitalisation on questions such as:

Secondly, the Symposium also explored some possible ways ahead for the youth sector, looking in particular at:

The event was intended as a mutually beneficial learning and updating opportunity for those involved. Through this Symposium, ideas about the role of the youth sector in relation to digitalisation were explored and different approaches to digitalisation were shared. Key messages for a future agenda for the youth sector in relation to the intersections of digitalisation and social inclusion were elaborated serving as inspiration for further action.

The Symposium also marked the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the EU-CoE youth partnership and the release of the 26th edition of the Coyote Magazine, an e-magazine addressed to trainers, youth workers, researchers, policy makers on the youth field in Europe.