There is a disparity between the policy ideals of young people and the priorities of democratic decision-making. Young people feel particularly strongly about the long-term challenges and strategic orientations for their societies such as environmental sustainability, social justice, corruption and equal opportunities. However, they have relatively little influence on these strategic choices. The challenge is to distil a clear agenda from a multitude of specific concerns; an action plan to communicate to political leaders in order to influence public policy. Without this, youth protests may remain just this – protests, and not a constructive action for change.

Labs of theme 3