A special presentation of the WYRED project

A major milestone for The Tel Aviv Summer University  program was achieved as the young students presented their projects in their graduation ceremony.
The program was led by Dr. Tal Soffer, head of The unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, and the Youth Summer University’s staff. The students were exposed to various issues related to the digital society in the present and in the future, focusing on the Israeli society. It was done through various tours in relevant places and lectures about different subjects. Following that, the students were asked to identify a problem that would be important in the year 2030, to explore it, analyze, and propose creative solutions that will engage with large audiences and reach the decision makers. The work was done in teams where the students could express their opinion in a moderated dialog.

During the graduation ceremony the WYRED project was presented, and the students showcased their projects to a wide audience including (no : necessary) senior representatives from  the Israeli Ministry of Education, researchers from Tel Aviv University, visitors from the third sector, educators and the families of the participants. 
You can have a small glimpse of two scenes video clip from one of the team projects, which deals with the refugees issue:

(Shown in the picture above : The young students are standing in front of a slide that says “Thank you” in a special font that combines letters in Hebrew and Arabic).

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News in UK about how youth are making their voices been heard

After Brexit referendum in the UK in 2016, some youth didn’t feel represented and civil organisations worked together in focus groups across the UK to find out what young people 13 to 30 think and feel about Brexit, and what they want out of the Brexit process. It was find out that “young people under 18 felt deprived of a voice and overwhelmingly said that if they could, they would have voted to remain. Secondly, young people expressed dissatisfaction that the oldest generations (65+) should have such a disproportionate influence on the futures of the youngest citizens.

The main objective of these initiatives is to ensure that youth visions for post-Brexit Britain are reflected in the process of leaving the European Union. Young British don’t feel thier voices have been taken into consideration during this process and now they want to make sure they take part in future discussions.

This is a good example of a youth platform engaging hundreds of UK-wide young people that demonstrates the importance and impact of young voices. They have initiated relationships with cross-party MPs and Lords, the Department for Exiting the European Union, the European Council Taskforce 50, European Commission, European Parliament and European Youth Forum, and relevant Committees both in the UK and the EU.

WYRED platform provides a safe space for discussions, debates and research where young people can raise their voices not only about politics but any other topics they care about in our constant changing society through a digital world, and brings youth messages to those who need to listen to them.

A Better Brexit for Young People

 

 

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ם The young students of the “Tel Aviv Summer Youth University” in a mission for a better future

The young students of the Summer Youth University, were called this year for a special mission; As part of the WYRED project (netWorked Youth Research for Empowerment in the Digital society) – a cross-border European project, funding by “Horizon 2020, Europe in a changing world” – they were asked to explore the future society, and – representing the young generation – point out dilemmas and issues that they will present as a challenge to the decision-makers, locally and globally.

The participants  received a good luck greeting from  Dr. Tal Soffer, head of The unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, accompanied the project.  

The program began with a video clip – presented by imaginary student from the year 2030, who described a pessimistic scenario of the future, wich required their  immediate action in order to have a better future.   The first phase was a journey of learning and researching various problems related to the current reality and the future of  the Israeli society through tours and lectures in a variety of subjects: artificial intelligence, information society, economic gaps, cultural and social cleavages, inclusion and issues relating to sustainability and mega cities.

During the next phase, the students will receive a practical tools that will enable them to learn different ways to express their opinions, engage large audiences and reach decision makers. This will be done through lectures about social activity, lobbying, media workshops and more. 

Summer Youth University is a project that enables high school students from Israel’s geographic periphery, most of whom are the first generation for higher education in their family, to have an academic semester at Tel Aviv University. The participants in the program, who have a high potential for excellence in studies, are located with the help of high school principals from the north, to the south. As such, they are a representative and fresh expression of the spectrum of voices of the younger generation in Israel. Tel-Aviv Youth University operates in the Tel Aviv University’s School of Education. It is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive excellence center in Israel.

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ם The young students of the “Tel Aviv Summer Youth University” in a mission for a better future

The young students of the Summer Youth University, were called this year for a special mission; As part of the WYRED project (netWorked Youth Research for Empowerment in the Digital society) – a cross-border European project, funding by “Horizon 2020, Europe in a changing world” – they were asked to explore the future society, and – representing the young generation – point out dilemmas and issues that they will present as a challenge to the decision-makers, locally and globally.

The participants  received a good luck greeting from  Dr. Tal Soffer, head of The unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, partner in the project.  

The program began with a video clip – presented by imaginary student from the year 2030, who described a pessimistic scenario of the future, wich required their  immediate action in order to have a better future.   The first phase was a journey of learning and researching various problems related to the current reality and the future of  the Israeli society through tours and lectures in a variety of subjects: artificial intelligence, information society, economic gaps, cultural and social cleavages, inclusion and issues relating to sustainability and mega cities.

During the next phase, the students will receive practical tools that will enable them to learn different ways to express their opinions, engage large audiences and reach decision makers. This will be done through lectures about social activity, lobbying, media workshops and more. 

Summer Youth University is a project that enables high school students from Israel’s geographic periphery, most of whom are the first generation for higher education in their family, to have an academic semester at Tel Aviv University. The participants in the program, who have a high potential for excellence in studies, are located with the help of high school principals from the north, to the south. As such, they are a representative and fresh expression of the spectrum of voices of the younger generation in Israel. Tel-Aviv Youth University operates in the Tel Aviv University’s School of Education. It is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive excellence center in Israel.

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GENDER AND NON-BINARY IDENTITIES

Gender and gender identities are in the middle of the social dialogue like never before. In the digital era, people try to explore themselves in terms of gender, sexual orientation and identity. Social media had definitely played a major role in people’s everyday lives and cultural, social and personal expression and exploration. The debate on if the social media have enhanced the social dialogue on gender or if instead have created more space for hate speech and discrimination is yet from over. However, before proceeding in understanding the relation between gender identities and online media, the definitions and conceptual notions of the terms “gender” and “non-binary gender identity” need to be clarified.

Objectives: 
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON BUILDING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING AROUND GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES?
GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES ON MEDIA

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GENDER AND NON-BINARY IDENTITIES

Gender and gender identities are in the middle of the social dialogue like never before. In the digital era, people try to explore themselves in terms of gender, sexual orientation and identity. Social media had definitely played a major role in people’s everyday lives and cultural, social and personal expression and exploration. The debate on if the social media have enhanced the social dialogue on gender or if instead have created more space for hate speech and discrimination is yet from over. However, before proceeding in understanding the relation between gender identities and online media, the definitions and conceptual notions of the terms “gender” and “non-binary gender identity” need to be clarified.

Objectives: 
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON BUILDING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING AROUND GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES?
GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES ON MEDIA

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Social Media and Causes of Stress

Young people who use social media believe that they are an important part of their life. Mainly to facts that are linked to social interaction, catching up with local and international news, employment and entertainment.

Social Media could cover negative feelings, especially with some aggressive or judgmental comments and messages or even being bullied online, the young people interviewed believe that they know how to avoid hostile behavior online.

On the other hand, based on research and responses, the excessive use creates a great amount of stress to them. Social media makes it easy to gradually lose your initial purpose and go through all kinds of websites.

Objectives: 
Does Digital Identity lead to stressful behavior in real life?
What is the impact of SM on users life?

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Social Media and Causes of Stress

Young people who use social media believe that they are an important part of their life. Mainly to facts that are linked to social interaction, catching up with local and international news, employment and entertainment.

Social Media could cover negative feelings, especially with some aggressive or judgmental comments and messages or even being bullied online, the young people interviewed believe that they know how to avoid hostile behavior online.

On the other hand, based on research and responses, the excessive use creates a great amount of stress to them. Social media makes it easy to gradually lose your initial purpose and go through all kinds of websites.

Objectives: 
Does Digital Identity lead to stressful behavior in real life?
What is the impact of SM on users life?

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How differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children. Could digital tools empower them?

The objective of the group was to investigate how differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children. Could digital tools empower them? 

Methodology: active research trough an interview video in which it describes all the different perspective that interviewed children have on the topics mentioned above. 

Target group: children aged from 6 to 10 years old attending a Children’s home.

 

Recommendations: 

Taking into account the incapacity for children to understand some terms or behaviours, a small tool like videos helped them comprehend better what was the context. Understanding the ages, it is important to use a relevant and friendly context. Discussion sometimes is not enough. Visual and digital tools are necessary. Specially as we and they grow in a digital era. This frame of bullying and extreme behaviours will be part of their lives offline and online. Therefore it is important to: 

Stress the need to promote more activities in order to engage children into a discussion about tolerance, inclusion, exclusion and perception of diversity. That needs a balance between online and offline aspects with the use of various tools. That includes digital tools, that visualise examples and test the “understanding of concepts”. 

To correctly explain the meaning of these words and teach them the importance of tolerance among different cultures and opinions, so with more probability they will avoid discriminatory and bullying actions when they grown up. Children don’t really know the meaning of discrimination and bullying and they see all their classmates equal. As this process connects to them entering the digital world very soon, it should also link this concepts on the online part. Today digital connects to both offline and online with no gap between them. Children are really open minded and fast learner, so we should put all our efforts to build up a new inclusive generation, using any possible means.

 

Objectives: 
How differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children.

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Our environmental future

Wouldn´t it be great when our world looked like the symbolic picture for the environment project? In fact, we are far away from there. Big countries dissolve international agreements on climate change, other countries do not fulfil, what promised with regard to the reduction of CO2 emissions, there are even persons arguing that the climate change aas nothing but a lie. How can they? It is our planet and our future!

The following (digital) collage brings together some information on environmental issues and links the project to the YouTube-Video “Dear Future Generations: Sorry”. Should be seen by every decision maker in the field. 

Objectives: 
Raise awareness for environmental issues affecting young peoples future

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