Our Digital Future – c’est ICI2020-10-09T17:23:00-04:00

Our Digital Future – c’est ICI

Inclusion – Collaboration – Inspiration

Driven by the digital world’s advancements?  Wish to produce recommendations in regards to an inclusive digital future? This is your platform. We’ll make sure your voice is heard in Europe and Canada.

Over the past 30 years, a new digital culture, interactivity and instantaneous communication have fundamentally changed our world. We are now at a new crossroads: advances in augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence; the ‘internet of things’; how we interact with devices and the disappearance of the keyboard; big data and user experience tailored to the individual will all change how we live, work, play and participate in society – administratively, economically, socially and politically.

What are the potential benefits of these changes, what are the potential drawbacks? How can we ensure that such changes lead to the further development of inclusive societies?

While public awareness of some ‘negative aspects’ of a digital world (on-line bullying, ‘fake news’) has increased, there has as yet been very little public discourse on how these aspects can be ‘fixed’.

“Our digital future, c’est ICI” offers young adults a new platform for a debate that addresses our digital future in a holistic and positive way, and focuses on identifying the principles, processes and decisions that will lead to the most inclusive digital societies.

The project is realized by the Goethe-Institut, ThinkYoung and Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi NDG and funded by the European Union.

If you are a young adult between 18 and 30 years, have your residency in either Europe or Canada, if you are interested in shaping your digital future and also consider yourself as part of any kind of underrepresented group, this is the right project for you! Participating, online or onsite, gives you the unique opportunity to influence regulations towards an inclusive digital society. Our goal is that your voice will be heard! All outcomes, your thoughts and opinions, will be communicated to European and Canadian policymakers as well as the media to assure that our shared digital future will be inclusive.

Between October 2019 and 2020, a series of “24 hour Thinkathons” dedicated to different topics around digitalization will take place in different cities across Europe and Canada. To support local networks, and a transatlantic exchange at the same time, we are matching a Canadian and a European city for each event as follows:

Montreal – Brussels (October 4-5, 2019) – “Citizenship 4.0”
Edmonton – Milan (November 29-30, 2019) –  “Social Relations”
Vancouver – Madrid (March 13-14, 2020) – “Smart & Fast Expanding Cities”
Halifax – Tallinn (May 29-30, 2020) – “Security”
Ottawa – Athens (September 25-26, 2020) – “Education”
Toronto – Frankfurt (October 16-17, 2020) – “Culture and Entertainment”

Connect with young driven people from Canada and Europe on a local and international level, and share your opinions on how we can build our future society in a modern digital context! Network, develop new skills and influence topics that are important to you and the world! You also have the chance to win a trip to Frankfurt or Brussels to present the outcomes of this project.

Montreal – Citizenship 4.0:


Edmonton – Social Relations:


There are many ways that you can get involved with our project. Whether as a participant, partner organization, sponsor or volunteers, all roles are important for the creation of these unique events. Wish to help us spread the word? Have suggestions of underrepresented groups that should be invited to the conversation table? Contact a member from our staff today:

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Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about the project and any possible cooperation. An interactive platform for interested participants will be available soon and announced on this page.

This project is funded by the EU-Comission