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BePart Summit 2016
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jul 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Finding out how political participation can be thought, developed and realized in a way that is equally modern, effective and attractive to the youth is of highest interest to politicians, youth workers and researchers in Europe. New formats of e-participation, Internet platforms and web-based tools and software are emerging, and more and more practical experience in e-Participation is gathered by user organizations such as municipal administrations and youth organizations.Nevertheless, the activities and pioneer projects taking place in Europe are still rather fragmented and disconnected. Many experienced practitioners in the youth field don´t know about each other, software developers in different countries develop the same kind of tools over again, and many user organizations make the same experiences – but also repeat the same mistakes. In this context, the establishment of a regular transnational exchange between youth workers, participation experts, software developers and other actors in the field would be of great mutual benefit. Being a group of e-Participation practitioners ourselves, we aim to apply for Erasmus plus funding, in order to gradually establish such an exchange.The aim of this application and project is to promote European-wide networking in the field of digital youth e-Participation, and to increase the knowledge and capacity of actors in the youth field. In the form of a 3-day summit or seminar, the exchange will focus on current trends, upcoming issues, unsolved problems and newest solutions. Innovations and action plans will be discussed with a wide range of actors and experts. The knowledge and experience already gained will be shared, expanded, documented and made available to all organizations and municipalities interested in digital youth participation throughout Europe.In line with this spirit, the 3-day summit will provide its participants with the opportunity to come together for a European-wide peer-to-peer exchange, share their experiences on e-Participation, and give each other tips and counseling. The participants will be welcome to define the topics of the summit according to their interests. More specifically the objectives of the Bepart summit 2016 are:• bringing together youth workers with participation experts and software developers and strengthening European cooperation in the field• creating a platform for exchange and knowledge transfer, so that participants can learn from each other• Contributing to improving and further developing the quality of e-participation software tools and methods and the capabilities of actors in the youth field in applying them• mutual counseling• deepening and extending the collaboration in the realm of projects, the development of trainings, services and counseling• collecting and making available information resources on e-Participation online for everyone interestedLongterm perspective:• promoting and strengthening the development of e-Participation in Europe• applying for funding for a 3-year project, to develop a strategic partnership between software developers, participation experts, user organizations, and administrational bodies for e-Participation in the field of youth
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