SALTO Think Tank on Youth Participation: closer to the edge of participation and activism

22 October 2018Resources

What is the state of youth participation in 2018? What do trends, such as rising populism and nationalism and the influence of technology, mean for the future of youth participation in Europe? How to understand and define participation? You can read about it from the SALTO Think Tank on Youth Participation new publication.


The paper has been co-created with thinkers from across the European continent to harness their collective expertise, experience and perspectives. The first section considers the state of youth participation and explores the models that assist in defining, analysing and evaluating participation. It particularly notes the lack of reliable and comprehensive data and provides an overview of the European policy landscape. Building on this foundation, the second section considers the new and emerging trends in participation and youth activism – such as threats from the far-right, shifting expectations and power and the use of technology as a tool for change.


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