Sharing Power Between Generations: Youth at the CEESP conference

11 January 2011 | News story

This CEC workshop during the CEESP Sharing Power conference in January in New Zealand focused on 'Sharing Power Between Generations'.

CEC members Dominic Stucker and Frits Hesselink served as co-facilitators of the workshop 'Sharing Power Between Generations' with support from Tui Warmenhoven, a local Maori lawyer, community activist and mother. In the workshop they asked the following questions of participants. Join the discussion on the Facebook page.

  • What does sharing power across generations mean for each of you?
  • What barriers exist to sharing power between generations?
  • What opportunities are there for expanding networks, shaping ideas, collaborating, and helping build new leadership?
  • What pathways forward are there to engage younger and more senior generations?

Organizers of the Sharing Power conference encourage young people to actively contribute and to engage in intergenerational learning, decision-making and collaboration. Based on past workshops and project feedback, some of the benefits of engaging in intergenerational partnership include:

  • improved communication and understanding between different generations
  • sustaining the values in society, while allowing flexibility for change
  • enhanced sustainability decision-making
  • improved intergenerational equity
  • better outcomes on sustainability projects

To read more, visit the Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability Wiki website.

In preparation for the January event, CEC created a Facebook Group to assemble a global youth network interested in the conference themes. The group currently numbers more than 200 people. Join here: The name of the Facebook network is: Nga Wawata o Nga Rangatahi o te Ao - Aspirations of the youth of the world.

As young* participants arrived in Whakatane, an orientation event was followed by check-in meetings each morning and evening, for strategizing and reporting about the day. A key question asked  throughout the event was, "What can we learn, contribute, and carry forward from the conference?"

A dedicated room in the Confrence venue was set aside for rangatahi (youth) to meet. There was a youth panel in the opening plenary session and several youth-related sessions, though young people were encouraged to integrate themselves and participate actively in all conference streams. The event was rich with inspiration!

As a youth network we want to help bring about the 'new vision for development' that we articulate in creative and collaborative ways.

From Whakatane, Dominic, Pia and Tui

* For our purposes, young people are those who are 35 and under - and those young at heart!

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