Re-thinking youth engagement in a post-truth world

Demos were delighted to host a private roundtable in partnership with the British Council to discuss our current research into youth engagement in political and civic life.

The roundtable was held on Thursday 30th March from 09.00-10.30 at a Westminster location.

The focus of the event was on the changing engagement in traditional political institutions in a post-EU referendum, post-Trump world, how we build greater trust in these institutions and engage young adults as active globally aware citizens.

Topics raised included how we overcome the challenges of an age of misinformation, open up new opportunities for political and civic engagement and support young adults engaging with the rest of the world to achieve their aspirations.

In 2016-17, Demos is working with the British Council to explore young adults’ attitudes and aspirations in the UK, and establish their most pressing priorities for change. Our work covers young adults’ sense of national and international identity and views of Britain’s place in the world, their political and social engagement, and opportunities in education and work.

The event was held in a roundtable style, with a presentation by Demos researchers on their findings so far, followed by a response from the Next Generation advisory board, before a roundtable discussion. This roundtable contributed to the final research report.