What tech tools would you use for engaging young people in decision making?

Using VoiceThread for Consultation and Participation

I've been asked by Participation Works to put together a series of pages on 'Technologies for Youth Participation' – so I'm looking out for all manor of technologies and tools that can be used to engage young people effectively in decision making and creating change.

From offline electronic voting keypads and twittering at events, through to collaborative online forums that allow young people to influence a policy process over the long term – I'm interested in hearing from you about:

  • processes you might have been involved in that have used technology to engage young people in decision making


  • new and existing tools that you think have real potential for young people's participation in decision making and why

Drop me a line or use the comments to share your stories and suggestions.



As an aside, it's great to see Participation Works getting ever closer to fully joining the social media world with the addition this week of 'Share This' links, and the news that Takover Day at PW brought participation workers blogging a step nearer.

PW introduces share this link

2 thoughts on “What tech tools would you use for engaging young people in decision making?”

  1. Hi Tim,

    How about using text messaging to share ideas and voice opinions? Using services such as Jott, young people could share their ideas via SMS using their voice and collaborate on issues that pertain to them via voice SMS.

  2. Hey Rob

    Looks interesting. I haven’t thought much about the role of voice-based phone-based platforms… could be interesting to explore how it can join up text-based and audio-based inputs from different groups of young people….


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