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“How can we reach and engage more young people in our work?” Many organizations ask us this question, and for those that want to partner with youth, here is an important perspective on how to harness young people in people-powered movements in 2017 and beyond.
A new report on youth leaders, “The New Global Citizen: Harnessing Youth Leadership to Reshape Civil Society,” is the result of close collaboration between the Rhize Emerging Catalyst Project and Fission Strategy for the Gates Foundation. The process brought together a network of youth leaders and organizations to look at how they lead and what needs to change for the current fast-moving digital networked environment.
While mapping the network landscape with the Kumu.io platform and performing a landscape analysis, the data gathered by Fission and Rhize suggests that young people around the world feel disconnected from the sources of leadership inspiration that have traditionally encouraged civil society leaders, as well as from funding for their work.
As a taste of the report, we bring you Erin Mazursky, Executive Director of Rhize, on lifting up youth engagement as published in The Hill:
“We live in an age of movements: people-powered democracies that lead to people taking to the streets in greater numbers than ever before. They are everywhere — movements with inspired individuals challenging the status quo, fighting for social justice and what they believe are positive changes to the social, economic and political structures of their societies.
From global climate change to the Movement for Black Lives, from protests against anti-abortion laws in Poland to peace process advocates in Colombia, people power is spreading. People are standing up for what they see as injustices in every region and across all issues of work, education, gender, health, the environment and development.”
Interested in working with Fission on your strategy to engage youth or implement a campaign? Please drop us a line at biz [at] fissionstrategy.com!