52 podcast episodes (one per week for 12 months) will be published by 52 different European High-School, both in their original language and in English, on the dedicated website wetookthemic.org.
Each episode will present a local, regional or national active citizenship or social innovation practice good to engage the new generations and enhance the audience capacity to act for a democratic context.
Engaging new generations, our idea faces at its roots the “lack of participation to the european democratic process” issue. European high-schools students will be the perfect storytellers to clearly show that it is always possible to have an impact on European democracy.
A successful outcome would be to have enough applications by european high-schools for a second edition of “What if we took the mic?”, with the ambitious goal to become a multi-annual project.
Four are the main steps to implement our idea:
1) the selection of the participating high-school: we will launch two differents call to action strategies, one dedicated to school, the other to students.
2) the selection of the stories, proposed by students and voted by peers.
3) one episode per week, with the same format: two voices, one story, one main question: Can this help to have an impact?
3) podcast distribution, with a dedicated strategy.
We are journalists, teachers, students members of CSOs. We are all convinced that education is the necessary next step for engagement. Giving voice to students, connecting them with the common target to share good contents with a wide audience seems to us just that next step.
Teenagers are at the very centre of our project. They share the stories, they learn from the stories, they build peer to peer relationships with other european students and dialogue at local, regional or national level with stakeholders such as social entrepreneurs, innovators, CSOs, etc.
Would you please give us three adjectives to describe the change making practices presented in our podcast? And a suggestion to our young work group? They are mostly high-school students.