Decisions on environmental topics taken today are going to have long-term consequences that will affect future generations. Young people will have to live with the consequences of these decisions and undertake special responsibilities. Moreover, as tomorrow’s decision makers, they themselves should learn how to negotiate and debate issues before final decisions are made. Therefore, any participation they can have in environmental decision making processes will prove essential in developing a sustainable future for the community.
However, recent data indicate that the young distance themselves from community affairs, mainly because the procedures involved are ‘wooden’, politicians’ discourse alienates the young and the whole experience is too formalized to them. Authorities are aware of this fact and try to establish communication channels to ensure transparency and use a language that speaks to new generations of citizens. This is where STEP project comes in.
STEP (www.step4youth.eu) is a digital Platform (web/mobile) enabling youth Societal and Political e-Participation in decision-making procedures concerning environmental issues. STEP is enhanced with web/social media mining, gamification, machine translation, and visualisation features.
Six pilots in real contexts are being organised for the deployment of the STEP solution in 4 European Countries: Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey. Pilots are implemented with the direct participation of one regional authority, four municipalities, and one association of municipalities, and include decision-making procedures on significant environmental questions.
|Title of host publication||Internet science|
|Subtitle of host publication||INSCI 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science|
|Editors||Ioannis Kompatsiaris, Jonathan Cave, Anna Satsiou, Georg Carle, Antonella Passani, Efstratios Kontopoulos, Sotiris Diplaris, Donald McMilan|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Nov 2017|
|Event||4th International Conference on Internet Science, INSCI 2017 - Thessaloniki, Greece|
Duration: 22 Nov 2017 → 24 Nov 2017
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science|
|Conference||4th International Conference on Internet Science, INSCI 2017|
|Period||22/11/17 → 24/11/17|
- Social media mining
- Environmental decision making
- Youth engagement strategies