Lecture with Q&A: Voices on Values: How to promote open society values in polarised societies?
Filip Pazderski, Institute of Public Affairs, Poland
To what extent young Europeans cherish fundamental values such as freedom of expression, respect for minorities and the rule of law? If they had to choose, would they prioritise them over economic prosperity and political stability? What differences regarding these attitudes can be observed between Central-Eastern and Western Europe as well as inside particular societies? What role are inequalities playing as drivers of polarization and disenfranchisement? We will present new data of two recent research projects, covering a wide range of Western and Eastern European countries. Voices on values: How European publics and policy actors value an open society by the Open Society European Policy Institute and Youth, Politics, Democracy by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) give interesting insights on the younger generation’s attitudes to democracy and on their participation in public affairs. They provide signs of our democracies being in crisis, but at the same time give rise to hope for their reconstruction. The presentation will be followed by interactive Q&A to discuss implications of these findings for civil society and citizenship education. To feed the discussion some examples of already implemented activities, e.g. from Maia Mazurkiewicz (Front Europejski, Alliance for Europe, Poland) will be also brought to participants’ attention.