Will there be a European Spring? Or an Arab Summer? We’ll find out in 10 days.
How do the attitudes of young people in Tunisia, Egypt, libya, Algeria, Morocco compare to those of young people in the UK? And how do those differ from the older people in those countries?
That was the question given to us a few days ago by the British Council and Bootstrap Company for a presentation at the Hammamet Conference this month. So we need your help with the tweets, because we have just 10 days to run a massive international survey!
Together with the enterprise support charity Bootstrap, we’ve asked 30 questions about attitudes to the future.
Given that Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring I think we can safely agree that attitudes used to be different. But since that hasn’t had the impact many had hoped for, how do we all feel? Has it broken the spirit of young Arabs? Did the values shift? Permanently?
And how about in the UK, where young people seem to be in a game of ‘Buckaroo’ as governments of the last few decades have added more and more burdens on them? Is their spirit broken? Or do they believe that their sacrifices are building a better future for all of us?
Highlights will be presented at conference, and we’ll post a full report and analysis free here shortly afterwards. (If you’d like us to email you a copy, please mail us.)
Here are some tweets to help you share:
- Please share these 30 questions to save the world https://represent.cc/topic/30questions #JoinTheHeard
- These 30 revealing questions tell us a lot about the challenges we face: https://represent.cc/topic/30questions Pls RT. #JoinTheHeard
- Who knew politics could be fun?! Try this: 30 questions shaping the future: https://represent.cc/topic/30questions #JoinTheHeard
- Do young people have different values from old people? 30 questions which may surprise you: https://represent.cc/topic/30questions #JoinTheHeard
- This is how we create democracy: https://represent.cc/topic/30questions #JoinTheHeard
Or share the question you like most:
- Can Islamic societies can be just as healthy as Christian or non-religious societies?
- I feel we hold our politicians accountable for their decisions.
- I feel in danger from civil unrest.
- I feel in danger from terrorism.
- Society is harmed more by the wealthy than by the poor. Agree or disagree?
- Where I live, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
- The current political and economic system in my country doesn’t deliver good results
- Everyone loses when women are not fairly represented in politics and business.
- We should use the internet to involve citizens in decision making
- Governments would work better if they listened to their citizens
- Challenging and holding leaders to account is as critical as encouraging more active participation.
- I am concerned about the impacts of climate change on my future
- I am directly impacted by the poor representation of young people in the media
- An open internet is our greatest force for peace
- Culture is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
- Freedom is needed for culture to create identity
- I feel I know and can trust my neighbours
- Young people find it harder than their parents did to afford education and housing
- Do you think inclusive societies are culturally and economically richer?
- Is everyone – regardless of their background – included in your society?
- Do you feel included in wider society?
- Immigrants are treated unfairly by the media.
- Young people have a brilliant future ahead.
- Young people are screwed.
- I can’t see when I’ll ever be able to afford a house
- My government cares more about the economy that the citizens.
- Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
- Politicians are trustworthy.
- As a nation, we are doing enough to halt climate change.
About the conference
The 2015 Hammamet Conference will explore the challenges associated with inclusion and exclusion by highlighting and sharing solutions through three sub-themes: the price of exclusion; culture, power and voice; and reconnecting states and societies.
The Represent survey will be shaped and shared by young people in the six countries so that their opinions, concerns and joys can be included in the conference and shared with some of the most influential current and emerging leaders and opinion formers from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and the UK.