Youth Leadership in a Digital Age
The 21st century in the European Union brings at the forefront many necessary conceptual transformations which are influenced by several challenges locally, nationally or globally and which require more knowledge, more skills and more leadership for and of youth.
There are 13 thematical areas that have been identified by European young leaders themselves as priorities to be addressed – sustainable development goals as an umbrella concept, climate change and environmental sustainability, public health, food safety and quality, migration and asylum, international security, economy that serves people, education and skills for the 21st century, demography, misinformation and security of information space, digitalization, artificial intelligence and robotics, cultural and linguistic diversity. The topics that are priorities in the European Union level and shall be more addressed in European society, especially amongst young people.
In order to address the needs for and of the youth a future youth leadership thematical, philosophical and pedagogical concept has been elaborated and it is based on 5 paradigms:
The 21st century in the European Union is the time when a paradigm shift takes place and it requires future youth leadership as an operational tool to succeed.
The paradigm shift requires deepened knowledge about leadership concept and developed practise of leadership skills for and of youth of the Europe. It can be achieved through the concept of personal leadership (transformational approach).
Personal leadership for and of youth is the concept which addresses the necessary changes holistically (formal, informal and non-formal education) and using human centred approach in education. Several methods could assist in achieving this ambition depending on the cultural, historical and/or educational background (for instance, problem solving, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, interdisciplinary learning etc.). European Union and global thinking shall be activated to better understand the role of the leader.
The human centred approach in education requires acknowledging that education process is a value itself and youth should have their voice in decision making on how and what to learn, as well as practice their leadership role in driving the education process. European Union and global approach and understanding of the thematic priorities is crucial here to boost decision-making efficiency. Personal experiences from European young leaders.
In order to succeed in the 21st century and use leadership skills for and of youth proactively and ethically for the society transformations, metacognition skills in thinking process should be developed. Evaluation of European Union and global challenges by experienced experts is relevant in this phase.
The Kick-off Conference will focus on:
What is the current paradigm shift in the society in the European Union?
What kind of changes is European society practically facing in daily lives?
What is the role of the youth in the current paradigm shift?
What kind of transformations is the European Union facing currently in terms of technology development, digitalization and artificial intelligence?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of such intense technology development?
How does or will it influence education and our lives in general?
How does it affect societies’ mental health, different thinking skills of the youth?
What is youth leadership and how it can be learned and/or taught?
What are the different approaches we can use in learning about leadership and practising leadership skills at school?
How does it complement with the concept of education and skills for the 21st century?
What are the preconditions for success in this process?
What is the role of youth in developing leadership skills in the European Union?
What does the concept of personal leadership mean?
What are the current examples learned/developed in the European Union and around the globe in education?
What does the school look like if it uses personal leadership concept?
What do teachers and youth are responsible for? How are youth leadership skills practised?
What is the role of European Union and national policy makers in the current paradigm shift and changes?
What should youth know and learn about the decision-making and taking process?
Why is / is not youth equally involved in the decision-making process?
Youth Leadership in a Digital Age
Latvian National Library, Riga, Latvia
Youth Leadership in a Digital Age
February 7, 2020, Latvian National Library, Riga, Mūkusalas iela 3, Top Floor
(1st floor) Arrival of the youth participants, registration, entrance cards. Cultural Canon orientation game in Latvian National Library, visiting the library, expositions
(Top of the library) First gathering – agenda, logistics, Q&A
Non-formal activities to get to know each other
Activities in 7 groups, divided by conference topics (L. Loce, V.Brakovska, A.Dreimanis, U.Dūmiņš)
Opening of the conference:
DACE MELBĀRDE, member of the European Parliament. The role of the European Union and national policy makers in the current paradigm shift and changes;
ULDIS DŪMIŅŠ, the chair of the Lifelong Learning and Cultural Institute VITAE
Key themes at a glance I. Focus on: Leadership / Distributed leadership / Personal leadership / Leadership skills (opening words by the moderator, 15 min presentation of each followed by 5 minutes youth response and 10 minutes discussion)
ROLANDS OZOLS, NGO “Vitae”, moderator of the conference
GERARD MARCEL KONING, youth leadership professional from the Netherlands. The concept of personal leadership. The current examples learned/developed in the European Union and around the globe in education. Practising the youth leadership skills
TOBIAS ANDERSSON, member of the Swedish parliament. The current paradigm shift in the society in the European Union; the role of the youth in the current paradigm shift
ATIFA SHAH, management consultant, former member of UK Youth Parliament. The role of youth in the changes. The equal involvement of the youth in the decision-making process. The value of the volunteering in personal development and leadership skills, the impact of the charity to society
Key themes at a glance II
JĀNIS PALKAVNIEKS, spokesperson of “Draugiem group”. Personal experience. Transformations the European Union is facing currently in terms of technology development, digitalization and artificial intelligence. The benefits and drawbacks of intense technology development, its influence on education and thinking skills of the youth
GABRIEL KROON, Stockholm region deputy, young leader. Personal experience of leadership. Health aspects of digitalisation and use of technology. Impact, value and role of technology
ILZE SALENIECE, youth leadership researcher. The concept of the youth leadership, the different approaches in learning about leadership and practicing leadership skills at school. The role of youth in developing leadership skills in the European Union
Informal discussions in 7 groups, each speaker in one group
Reflections, conclusions, Rolands Ozols
departure to Jugla Secondary School
Informal activities in Jugla Secondary School
first departure to hotel
second departure to hotel
February 8, 2020, Jugla Secondary School, Riga, Kvēles iela 64
departure from hotel to school
Discussion with leading specialists of the safe internet and media literacy. Maija Katkovska, Latvian Safer Internet Centre and Klinta Ločmele, media literacy expert, lecturer of the University of Latvia
Interactive youth workshop. Session I
Interactive workshop. Session II
Summing up the day by Rolands Ozols
Cultural programme and discussion with recognized youth leaders – musicians Jānis Šipkēvics and Miķelis Putniņš
departure to hotel