On Thursday night we (LSU) gathered around 150 youth participants to finally start talking! There has been a lot of passive participation during the conference, sitting at large plenary sessions and listening listening listening to other people go on. Obviously very interesting as well, but there hadn’t been an opportunity for any of the youth to come together and discuss the issues that we’re working with. So we did! In a market place setting we filled a room with vibrant discussions regarding which policy changes we as youth see as necessary. The results from this meeting also had the opportunity of being presented at the policy dialogue that Tällberg is hosting during the conference.
After approx 20 – 30 mins of discussions we had a brief presentation of the different perspectives and ideas that had arosen. Carl Mossfeldt was there to listen, and held a rather critical speach afterwards. He said the ILO is braver and more provocative in their ideas than we were and that we were just copying our governments’ rhetoric … Well.. in a sense he has a point in encouraging more provocative and free thinking.. but come on. What grand new ideas and results can you expect after a group of people from completely different cultures, perspectives, ideas, backgrounds and fields of interests from dozens of different countries gather for the first time together. It was the first platform created during the summit inviting people from allover to actualy interact with eachother. I’m not surprised at the outcome, and actually quite happy with the process – getting people to interact, exchange ideas and be active participators rather than passive listeners being fed information from above the stage.