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ENGAGE - EPALE Community Conference 2023

How can we empower people to participate in civil, cultural, economic, and social aspects of life?

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We are currently witnessing an eruption of changes between emerging challenges and accelerated transformation in all aspects of life.

How can we empower people to participate in civil, cultural, economic, and social aspects of life? What skills are needed to participate in democratic processes with awareness and responsibility? 

In the European Year of Skills context, the 2023 EPALE Community Conference highlights skills as key to empowerment and inclusion.

EPALE Community Conference - Agenda 11 October

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In the video above you can watch the plenary sessions of the second day of the 2023 EPALE Community Conference: ENGAGE. Skills for democratic life. The streaming is public, and no registration is required. Just tune in!

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Renāte Zīverte
Community Hero (Gold Member).
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 12:19

Thank you for this insightful conference.  Interesting thought about the attention economy and Old Greek meaning for “school” – “free time”.  And that  through all this attention economy need to find free time off the attention economy to dedicate it to more important things, such as education.

But is attention economy used in education, how can it be used for education?  

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Sara Saleri
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:48
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Marion Fields
Community Contributor (Bronze Member).
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:36

We have noticed recently that one of the 'cousins' of fact checking is the ability to enter dialogue. We tend to be more aggressive than before, which might lead to communities falling apart. Communities are where we learn our basic democratic skills. For example, committee work in an association is more demanding than before because the harsh language of social media enters our interpersonal communication.

We have been trying to address this in our E+ prject Dialogue in Adult Learning, where we have taken dialogue to everyday activities and communities. We are now training dialogue ambassadors to encourage better dialogue in associations, housing communities, parents' evenings, workplaces etc.

Many people in Europe don't have the opportunity to join a dialogue. It's only one factor that feeds into polarisation and the crisis of democracy. We need to keep the big picture in mind and at the same time we need a wide array of skills: dialogue, fact checking, cirtical thinking etc.

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Sandra Federici
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:36

The problem is those who don't look at qualified sources! The mirror for me is the chat of my middle school classmates, some of whom, without tools, post absurd news, videos of fake news as "those who do true information and not mainstream" . They are unshakably convinced that those who provide serious information are paid by Soros, Bill Gates and company to deceive the world... How do we get to these? Because they vote too...

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An intriguing observation, and sadly, an increasingly pressing issue. This isn't just a matter of misinformation; it's an overall erosion of trust in institutions and experts, which has far-reaching implications. It's important to recognize that these individuals are not 'stupid' or 'naive.' They are citizens trying to navigate a complex world of information and disinformation. The issue lies in how information is filtered and opinions are formed. We shouldn't condemn them but focus on education and awareness instead. Knowledge gaps are best filled with quality content and dialogue, not disdain or ignorance. And yes, they have the right to vote, which elevates the importance of them being accurately informed. Bridges need to be built between 'mainstream' information sources and those who distrust them, not just through traditional media but also through education and community engagement. Ultimately, it's an investment in our collective future..

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Tatjana Ponorac
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Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:15

What are the challenges to advancing one's AI skills? 

 

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Dora SANTOS
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:13

Good morning! Thank you for this interesting session. 

 

I have a huge question:

 If in the future we don't have jobs (due to automation and AI) and if education no longer serves to prepare us for the job market, what do you think will happen? How will we motivate students to continue learning just for life?

 

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Sandra Federici
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:12

Good morning and thank you for the inspiring speech!

What makes a space a learning environment?

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Gianluca Ravanelli
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 10:11

Which specific soft skills are most crucial for citizen education, and how should we implement their training in formal and informal education curricula?

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Flore Thoreau La Salle
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 09:57

What is the responsibility of educators facing the contemporary growing issues such as the social economic and social inequality?

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Sara Saleri
Wed, 10/11/2023 - 09:26

Good morning everyone! We are glad to welcome you to the second day of the 2023 EPALE Community Conference.

The streaming will start in a few minutes.

If you are not an EPALE registered user yet, register following this link: https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en/eulogin

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