Participants in the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi presented their civil society development projects

: Aleksandra Shilova | ASI Press service

Artificial intelligence as a lobbyist for the interests of a non-profit organization, the ombudsman for information literacy, database of all resources and needs for social services worldwide, non-formal education and talk shows as part of a youth culture with emphasis on the 17 objectives of sustainable development, as set forth by the United Nations. Such a picture of the future was presented on October 20 by the participants in the foresight session “The Civil Society 2030” at the World Festival of Youth and Students 2017 in Sochi.

The projects for development of civil society in the areas of “Education”, “Culture”, “Media”, “Non-Profit Organizations”, “Communities”, and “Interindustry Interaction” were presented by about 200 young representatives of the non-profit sector.

The members of the “Media” group believe that, by 2030, trust in the media will increase due to increased requirements to the quality of content. According to them, civil control will play the key role in compliance with rules and responsibility for the information reliability. When this function is transferred to the State, there is a risk that we will face censorship. The interests of representatives of the information society should be advocated by a special commissioner (ombudsman).

“As information flows are constantly growing, so we need an ombudsman which will be able to protect the interests of a particular publishing house, or a person. We also consider it necessary to increase information literacy, starting from schools. If you yourself know how to put your ideas in a text, you will be able to understand other people’s texts as well. Accordingly, this will increase the information literacy; people will no longer be satisfied with low-quality content,” stated a Russian participant in the “Media” group.

If robots start massively writing small information texts, some journalists may lose their jobs. “We propose to expand the specialized education. In this case, a journalist will not remain out of work: he or she will become editor or corrector,” she added.

The representative of the “Communities” group (Emmanuel) from Ghana proposed the creation of an international database that combines information on the commands of social activists and communities of people who need help anywhere in the world.

“We need a platform accessible for everyone. It can operate on the principle of Google’s online spreadsheet. This is an open document for all system participants, where they can add information about their non-profit organizations (name, location, activity description, link to the official website), or about their communities. After we collected all this data, we can classify them by countries, by needs – sports, education, health care, etc. – and to attract the necessary resources to solve particular problems”, the speaker of the “Communities” group explained his idea.

Russian participants in the foresight session completed the project of their colleague from Ghana. They decided to automate the process of searching for teams and socially significant projects using artificial intelligence.

“We are missing one thing: a cyborg, who will become our assistant and lobbyist. Cyborg is an artificial intelligence which synchronizes information from Big Data, collected from the NPO websites and social networks. After analyzing this information, it itself suggests teams – these can be non-profit organizations or public authorities: and recommends possible forms of cooperation,” stated the representative of the Interindustry Interaction group.

The “Culture” group took as a basis the 17 objectives of sustainable development of the United Nations, which they suggested to present in an international talk show format. It can be dancing, music, graffiti, design, etc. on a pre-selected topic from the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030.

Another suggestion is holding short-term events in different parts of the world using the Pop up concept, which is popular in Western countries. “Its main feature is that we select some famous place, which has its own history, but was abandoned, and we give this place a new idea, a new life”, as explained by a member of the “Culture” group who came from Slovenia.

The third project in this area is related to opening ethno-educational centers, focused on the preservation of identical cultures, including those of small indigenous peoples of Russia.

The participants in the foresight session also told about their plans to develop non-formal educational centers and to replicate their experience in holding open lessons for schoolchildren in the form of business games dedicated to social designing.

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The foresight session “The Civil Society 2030” was organized for the participants in the business site “The Civil Development Platform” at the World Festival of Youth and Students 2017 in Sochi, whose curator is the Russian Association of Volunteer Centers. The partners of the business site include the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center, the “Public Opinion” Foundation, the UN’s entities: The United Nations Development Program, the UN Volunteer Program, and others.