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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 1055; doi:10.3390/su9061055

The Future of North Rhine-Westphalia-Participation of the Youth as Part of a Social Transformation towards Sustainable Development

Wuppertal Institute, Döppersberg 19, Wuppertal 42103, Germany
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Received: 1 May 2017 / Revised: 9 June 2017 / Accepted: 14 June 2017 / Published: 18 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 6th World Sustainability Forum - Selected Papers)
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The future belongs to the youth, but do they really have a say in it? Learning processes with regard to a successful socio-ecological change must start in childhood and adolescence in order to succeed in social transformation. The youth cannot be a passive part in a changing society—they have to be actively included in its design. When allowed to participate, young people can make important and effective contributions—which should not be reduced to sub-projects and opportunity structures. In a socio-political context, participation means involvement, collaboration, and commitment. In the context of intra- and inter-generational equity, as the core part of sustainable development, participation strategies should be developed that allow for a permanent and purposeful involvement of children and adolescents. Participation of young people is an important and appropriate step in strengthening those who are so strongly affected by the planning processes but are otherwise powerless. A successful involvement and participation of non-professional actors requires a target group-oriented method, a supportive culture of participation, as well as clarity and decision latitude. Abiding by these rules leads to central results. View Full-Text
Keywords: participation; youth; social transformation; sustainability; political science participation; youth; social transformation; sustainability; political science
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Treude, M.; Schostok, D.; Reutter, O.; Fischedick, M. The Future of North Rhine-Westphalia-Participation of the Youth as Part of a Social Transformation towards Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1055.

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