Youth Participation in a Digital World: Designing and Implementing Spaces, Programs, and Methodologies

17 Pages Posted: 12 May 2021

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Sandra Cortesi

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Alexa Hasse

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Date Written: May 11, 2021

Abstract

This spotlight seeks to share Youth and Media’s initial insights around ways different stakeholders — such as international organizations, companies, researchers, and educators — can build participation models (e.g., spaces, programs, and methodologies) that enable meaningful youth (ages 12-18) engagement in our digital world. The paper, inspired by results from a 2020 global online youth consultation and informed by different implementation pilots, highlights four specific models of youth participation: youth labs, learning and co-design spaces, youth boards, and participatory research. The spotlight describes, for each model, the overall goal, what adult and youth participation might look like, potential challenges and barriers within and across models, possible first steps in designing such models, and existing examples of these forms of engagement.

Suggested Citation

Cortesi, Sandra Clio and Hasse, Alexa and Gasser, Urs, Youth Participation in a Digital World: Designing and Implementing Spaces, Programs, and Methodologies (May 11, 2021). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2021-5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3844115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3844115

Sandra Clio Cortesi (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
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Alexa Hasse

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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