Distributed discussion: an integrated eParticipation model for engaging young people in technology policy

Taylor-Smith, E., Kimpeler, S., Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P. (2012). Distributed discussion: an integrated eParticipation model for engaging young people in technology policy. In: Charalabidis, Y., Koussouris, S. (Eds.) Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance, , () ( ed.). (pp. 181-198). Berlin Heidelberg: . .


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Abstract

This chapter describes an eParticipation model, designed to be especially appro-priate to young people and complex topics: distributed discussion. It draws on the experiences of the HUWY project, which piloted a distributed discussion model, in four countries, to assess how this supported young people’s engagement. The pilot revealed that young people valued structured and well supported discussions, particularly well-facilitated offline discussions. Integrating online and offline, national and international elements are the advantages and challenges of this model. This chapter aims to give an overview of the theoretical basis, process and impacts of the model and to provide recommendations for future development and use.
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Authors

Ella Taylor-Smith
Research Student (previously Senior Research Fellow)
e.taylor-smith@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2392

Areas of Expertise

Internet Technologies & Society
The technologies that help us to organise and share information on the internet are changing the way we live and work. This information society or knowledge economy people affects is in all kinds of new ways – as individuals, groups and organisations.