Youth and Politics
Youth and Politics poster
Tuesday 28 May 2013 -
19:00 to 21:00
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens

Intelligence Squared Greece and the Onassis Cultural Centre, with our support and that of the Foundation for Youth, are hosting an open forum on youth participation in politics, its importance, and the new ways in which young people are gaining political power in today’s politics.

The political scene around the world is changing. Citizens are engaging in politics more actively, shaping politics on a local, national and international level, using new tools from the digital revolution. In the aftermath of a new, open-sourced, crowd-sourced world, politics is changing and on most occasions it’s not adapting fast enough.

At a time when young people are facing ever-increasing personal and social challenges, it's time to discuss what their role will be in shaping the politics of the future and in setting the agenda through active engagement.

Should young people run for office? Can they engage in politics outside organised political parties? Do blogging, tweeting, sharing and 'liking' constitute meaningful forms of political engagement or are they simply passive 'couch politics'? What can young people do to influence and shape politics?

Young distinguished speakers from Greece and abroad will share their own experiences and opinions on how young people can engage with politics – and whether they should do so – in an open discussion with the audience.

Speakers and discussion topics

  • Politics Across Borders: Zain Awan, UK Youth Ambassador and winner of the Malcolm X Award
  • Running for Office: Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Karpenisi
  • Change through Activism: Craig Bennett, Director of Campaigns and Policy, Friends of the Earth
  • Press and Online Media: Elina Makri, Journalist and Founder of Cafebabel Greece
  • European Youth Politics: Babis Papaioannou, Thessaloniki, European Youth Capital 2014
  • Politics as a Student: Natalie Robinson, UK Youth Ambassador and Member of Youth Parliament
  • Advising the Government: Shaun Bailey, UK Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Youth
  • Developing Young Leaders: Tony Sewell, CEO of Generating Genius and advisor to the World Bank

The discussion will be moderated by Nikos Andrtisos, SKAI Journalist.

Please note that doors close at 18.50.

The discussion will be held in Greek and English, with simultaneous interpretation into Greek.

Admission is free.


+30  698 716 0535
+30 213 017 8036
Parking Leontiou Street (next to the Onassis Cultural Centre)
€5 for 3 hours