4 November 2014 (14.00-16.00) - Maison de la Région, Interpretation: FR/EN - Sponsored by the Alsace Region


Does dialogue between young people and elected officials lead to political change or does it produce empty words without any effect? What are the challenges and possibilities to move from discussion to action?

Have Your Say – The Structured Dialogue of Youth, Czech Council of Children and Youth (ČRDM), Czech Republic

Project Kecejme do toho (Have Your Say) aims to provide participation and Structured Dialogue for young people between 15 and 26 years of age. They are organising discussions, workshops, working groups and other kind of events, where young people are discussing current political topics with impact on youth on national and European level among themselves and afterwards with politicians. The project started in 2010 and the 5th edition is currently taking place.

Website: http://en.kecejmedotoho.cz/


Ms Michaela CVACHOVÁ, Czech Republic, Participant of The Structured Dialogue of Youth

Michaela Cvachová started as a participant of this project and began active member of project team. She is a positive example of the goals of this project. She is finalising her studies in Political Philosophy and her interest is civil society, human rights and youth participation. Apart from the main activities towards the implementation of the structured dialog process, she is volunteering in the Czech Council of Children and Youth in foreign affairs. 

Mr Jan HUSÁK, Czech Republic, Board member of the Czech Council of Children and Youth

Jan Husák set up the „Kecejme do toho project“ to realize the process of structured dialogue in the Czech republic. He is a Board member of the Czech Council of Children and Youth, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the AFS Intercultural Programs Czech Republic and Coordinator of Czech National Working Group for implementation of the Structured Dialogue process and also the Lead-Researcher of the Youth Policy Review in the Czech Republic by the Youthpolicy.org and OSF. He continues his study in Political Science at the University of Economics as PhD Candidate with the focus on Co-management practices in sectoral policies and its influence on democratization.


Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Mr Francis LALOUPO, Benin/France, Journalist and Author

Francis Lalupo is journalist by profession and has been director of "Taxi Ville", editor of the magazine "Le Nouvel Afrique Asie", and managing editor of the magazine "Continental" between 1987 and 2010. He has also worked as journalist and columnist at France Inter and as columnist at France O. Currently, he is producer at Africa #1 Paris, TV5 Monde columnist, Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Journalism (IPJ Paris-Dauphine), Director-General of Generis Media Enterprises (GME) and media consultant. He is also chairman of the ORGAPE (Observatory of Geopolitics and Reforms in Africa and European Partners) and author of “France-Afrique, La rupture maintenant?”.

Mr Howard WILLIAMSON, United Kingdom, Professor of European Youth Policy at University of South Wales

Howard Williamson is Professor of European Youth Policy at the University of South Wales.  A youth work practitioner for over 25 years, he has advised various governments on a range of youth issues.  He has been closely involved in the Council of Europe international reviews of national youth policy. He did the original study on young people who are now defined as ‘NEET’ and continues to explore the lives of men whom he first met when they were young offenders in the 1970s.  He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 for services to young people.