Rebounding on new youth commitments
Young people seem to be increasingly mobilised in relation to societal issues, whether they are short term issues such as unemployment, purchasing power and housing, or long-term issues such as the environment or equal opportunities.
Understanding these commitments of young people is an important issue because, unlike their elders, young people are not involved in politics and vote little. They favour new forms of activism, particularly through the use of social networks. Young people remain strongly committed both in their discourse and in certain actions, but often have difficulty making themselves heard.
We need to offer young people new ways of expressing themselves and getting involved, in order to improve our modes of governance. Like generational quotas, whether in democratic institutions or in companies, these new tools must be real levers of action for young people. We must determine which ones are the most effective in bringing about youth-led transformations in our societies.