Promotion of a participatory culture
There are many technological applications that are facilitating and promoting the development of participation. Participation in its broadest sense (civic participation, participation in different types of communities: personal, working, leisure,... communities). These technologies are enabling participation but also are promoting profound changes related to sociability, fostering collaborative work skills, the exchange of ideas, encouraging emotional expression especially among young people, ...
Around these new forms of participation there are many questions that arise:
- Must education for empowerment and participation be a priority?
- Does online participation facilitate, encourage, become real?
- Are we taking advantage of young people’s natural tendency to participate online in the different existing environments? For example, from the municipal sphere, are they given the opportunity to participate in all municipal areas? Are young people encouraged to express their ideas and projects in order to understand their expectations and desires much better and to be able to focus municipal actions accordingly?
- From the educational point of view, are we taking advantage of young people’s communication and on-line participation skills to develop other skills such as the collaborative work, the production of shared knowledge, ...?
- Does participation translate into "answers"? Are participation channels being answered?
- Are we less manipulable because we are more participative? Because we can ask about any subject at any time?
- Does the greater knowledge available about individuals (Digital Identity exposure) make us more manipulable?