On 19 June 2008, I facilitated World Cafe UK methodology at Enhancing Local Democracy Conference in London that was attended by Councillors and Democratic Service Managers from acorss UK. A number of decision makers attended my workshop and they discussed the number of issues that matter to them in their local areas. The discussions focused on young people and number of suggestions were made, such as the voting age shouldn't be lowered to 16 as young people lack of worthy experience (narrow horizons). Youth groups, Young Mayor, Youth Cabinets, Youth Parliament, Youth Shouts are some of the ways in which young people should be able to influence local and national decisions, that matter to them.
On 13 May 2008, I organised an event in Central London to discuss young people’s involvement in democratic and political processes. More than forty people attended this event. We all looked at different continents/countries in the world and discussed different questions to give participants a mood of travelling around the world and feeling what the difference is like. The participants came up with ideas which could help rise young people’s confidence in democratic and political processes.