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THINKATHON 2019/2021

Inclusion, Collaboration, Inspiration

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Over the past thirty years, a new digital culture, interactivity and instantaneous communication have fundamentally changed the world. We are now at new crossroads; advances in augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence; the ‘internet of things’. These change the way we live, work, play and participate in society- administratively, economically, socially and politically.

 

What are the potential benefits of these changes? What are the potential drawbacks? How can we ensure that such changes lead to further development of inclusive society?

 

‘’Our Digital Future, C’est ICI’’ offers young adults a new platform for a debate that addresses our digital future in a holistic and positive way, and focuses on identifying the principles, processes and decisions that will lead to the most inclusive digital societies.

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The concept of citizenship is shifting as our environment is becoming more and more digital. As an essential aspect of citizenship, achieve participation in society is also affected by digitisation, which presents new opportunities and challenges. We connected with driven young people to discuss how technological advancements are changing our understanding of citizenship.

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Social relations have completely changed as a result of technological advancements. Making connections faster and easier, it is often assumed that technology has an inherently positive impact on social relations-yet this assumption needs to be further analysed, particularly as technology becomes more pervasive and the negative consequences become more apparent. We connected with driven young people to discuss how technological advancements changing our understanding of socialising.

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Technological advancements have the potential to create significant benefits in the ways cities function. We have the opportunity to better plan, interact, manage resources and tackle complex challenges. By using modern technology, we can create innovations that affect individuals, communities and businesses alike. We connected with driven young people to discuss how technological advancements are changing out understanding of cities.

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During this online challenge, participants developed projects to help build a more modern and digitally inclusive society based on citizenship, social relations, smart and fast expanding cities, security, education and entertainment and culture.

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From October 2020 to January 2021, the Thinkathon Online Challenge #2 invited youth in Canada and Europe to participate in a virtual challenge by collaborating in teams of one to four to share their policy recommendations with Canadian and European policymakers. Participants worked on the following topics: health, education, gender equality, anti-racism and climate change.

For more information regarding this project, please contact marilena@thinkyoung.eu