People under the age of 25 represent a demographic containing half of our planet’s population, and while while “young people are the future” may sound like a cliché, it is an inescapable fact that today’s youth will determine and define humanity’s future.
But do we understand them? This is a question being asked by leaders and decision-makers in industry, civil society, and governments world over. I have tried exploring these issues in my own way by trying to understand the young voter, the discrimination against youth, their sexual and reproductive healthcare rights, their response to corruption and free speech, and by discussing some of these resentments at international fora.
Now, the leading British media group, Guardian, is looking for your response to the question: “How do we better engage young people socially, economically and politically?” In an event that will span 24 countries in 24 hours, The Guardian Global Development Professionals and the Guardian Public Leaders networks will be organising a global tweetathon with the hashtag: #YouthEngage.
The Indian leg of the event shall be hosted by Saket Mani (Children & Youth Representative to the United Nations) and me, and shall take place from 9:30 am to 10:30 am (IST) on Friday, 24 October 2014. Please join in either by using platforms such as Tweetchat, or by simply logging on to twitter and tweeting your views on youth engagement using #YouthEngage.
If you are not from India, you can make a note of the time of the conversation you intend to join by checking out the above map.
Look forward to seeing you at the tweetathon. In the meanwhile, you can share your opinion and your intent to participate by tweeting now!