Young Democracy: representing the future - RSA

Young democracy: representing the future

Fellowship events



  • Deliberative democracy
  • Fellowship in Action
  • Youth engagement

The future of democracy - the future of us all - is in the hands of young people. How might we best encourage the young to seek the active agency they deserve, whatever their background? What might we learn from those who have faced-down adversity, and won election?

We invite all Fellows, friends and colleagues to engage in discussion with four current Members of the Scottish Parliament. The MSPs will speak of their own, differing battles along the route to effective political and civic engagement, with special focus on their experiences as young people.

We are also joined by Fellows and activists from north England, by the cross-border Young Democracy group and by After the Pandemic who are curating a diverse range of actions for change in Glasgow, centred on the UN COP26 climate conference. We ask, what differing but sustainable futures, might our representatives be able to promote? How significant are regional differences, for example in voting age and planning law?

Join the debate, along with Nairn McDonald FRSA from the Scottish Youth Parliament. In 2022, Council elections in England and Scotland will again give young people the chance to stand and be heard, and to get elected. The world looks to the UK to take a lead in delivering on the promise of COP26. We know we must develop a truly regenerative future for communities, and for the whole planet. Will young energy drive the change we need, and in time? Your voice matters, now, in shaping that shared future.

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