This is for you if you are tired of feeling disconnected from politics. Also, if you feel that you have views to share on the major issues shaping our world, then you need to join the common futures conversations. Chatham House is building a diverse community of young people from across Africa and Europe to join an international exchange with policymakers.
About Common Futures Conversations
Common Futures Conversations is a new initiative by Chatham House. Its goal is to deliver innovative ways for young people in Africa and Europe to engage with politics. Through an online platform and a series of local events, the project will provide young people with a ‘seat at the table’ in major policy discussions.
The online platform was created with a network of 27 young people from 13 countries across Africa and Europe. It builds on the results of a survey of African and European youth conducted in January 2019.
What Does a Common Futures Conversations Participant Do?
The online platform will help you to develop your ideas on key global challenges like climate change, conflict or inequality. You will engage with experts, discuss your own experiences with friends from across the continents, and share your ideas with high-level politicians and policymakers.
Every month our community will discuss specific challenges facing Africa and Europe (for example, youth unemployment or over-use of fossil fuels). At the end of the month, there will be a live virtual event with a senior policymaker or politician. You will have the opportunity to dive deeply into the background provided by our experts. Also, you will develop your own ideas on how to address the challenge in question and collaborate with the rest of the community to perfect them.
You can apply if you meet the criteria below
- You are between 18 and 30 years old and currently lives in an African or European country.
- passionate people who are active in their local communities to volunteer to be part of this community.
Common Futures Conversations will grow the community based on a range of criteria. This is to ensure the platform is as diverse and inclusive as possible. People will not be judging based on their educational or intellectual achievements.
You don’t need a university degree in a related field or have a career in policy. However, you need a working knowledge of English to participate.
For more information, visit the webpage of the Chatham House Common Futures Conversations.