How can tech make policy interesting?
As it currently stands, whenever the UK government wants to
make a new policy, one of the stages it goes through is called a “public
consultation” – a public consultation means that anyone who is interested can
read the policy and through a form or an email let the government know what
they think before the policy is agreed.
It’s good that the government takes the time to listen to
the public before it agrees on a new policy which will have an impact on people’s
lives. The problem is most of the time
these policies are very long, full of legal terms, and the feedback form can be
quite confusing. Which makes it
difficult for young people to have their voices heard. We
believe it is important for young people to have a say in policy development
because the policy will often have an impact in their lives.
We have been working to develop a digital
tool, with young people to make sure that it is easier for young people to have
a say in the way policy is formed. So, this is what we have been up to so far.
- In March this year, young people from the British Youth Council and The Mix’s very own @htwohig2412 met a few weeks ago to come up with some ideas for digital tools to make policy consultations more accessible for young people.
- They came up with three ideas, a website, a social media strategy and a game which are all different ways young people can have a say in the development of policy and consultations.
Now we want
to hear what more young people think, and that’s where you come in, we would
love to hear your thoughts on the ideas. We have lots of different
ways for you to tell us what you think.
- You can tell us what you think on the discussion boards; we will be posting three threads (one for each idea, with a few questions and would love to hear your thoughts). They will be out by the end of today.
- You can fill out a short survey for each prototype, which will be on the discussion boards, and on our website by the end of the week.
- You can attend an online discussion in group chat with other young people and share your thoughts. Sign up here
to ask us any questions below, and we will be happy to answer them.