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Title: Spreading Ideas of Freedom to Youth:


1
Spreading Ideas of Freedom to
Youth Perspectives from India and beyond EFN
Asia conference 09
presented by Yavnika Khanna, National
Coordinator, Liberal Youth Forum
2
Agenda
  • Harnessing Youth Power
  • A Brief Introduction
  • Working with Youth
  • The Future

3
  • 18 of the world population1

Youth bring in fresh perspectives as citizens,
become dynamic leaders of the future and
participate actively in the market economy
1 According to the United Nations definition,
youth constitutes people between the ages of 15
and 24
4
Their energy, motivation and vision are
essential assets for change
Burkina Faso
Krgyzstan
Belarus
Ukraine
5
The lives of young people worldwide are
characterized by transition phase.
Borderless Selling Global empire Global
citizens movement Global justice
Liberalization Marketization McDonalidisation
Offshoring Outsourcing The Global Economy
Walmarting Westernization World Trade
Organization
6
Values of young people are reflected in their
regions own transformation
CHINA I980s
CHINA 2000s
"The Chinese youth today are more pragmatic than
the youth in the '80s. They first consider about
themselves, their own benefit, and their own
career future. I will not say they do not value
the idea of liberty or political freedom. But I
don't think, for example, going after popular
elections is such an important thing for Chinese
youth Chan Che-po, a political science
professor at Lingnan College

7
Generation Lost to Generation Next
Soviet Russia
Russia I990s
Russia 2000s
8
Wish to Change their World, not the world
India 1970 onwards
India 1990s

9
How to channelise the pragmatism of this
generation to form a vision for a freer world ?
10
We are a..
...youth initiative ...Aim to equip youth to
apply ideas for freedom as emerging
leaders ..registered trust in India
....a liberal movement of individuals and groups
collaborating to create access and choice in
social, cultural, economic, political and
environmental spheres for a freer India
11
We are committed to the creation of a society
based on principles of freedom and tolerance
where all citizens are equal before the law and
have the opportunity to pursue their own
happiness where gender, caste, creed, race or
region is no barrier to the brotherhood of
mankind and the accident of birth is not a
barrier to social or economic progresswhere
nations live in peace and borders do not
matterand competition is the fountainhead of
choice.
Liberalism for LYF
12
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Our endeavors
2009 Campus Pulse Project in 10 campuses
through a dedicated team in each to improve
governance in higher educational institutions and
generate interest in ideas of responsible
freedom
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Campus Pulse Project 09
Training teams to mobilise students, to take up
campus governance issues and leadership positions
in campus councils.
Key note speaker was Ms. Meenakshi Natarajan
(Member of Parliament)
15
  • Campus Issues
  • Methods
  • No democratic student representation
  • Fine culture
  • Updation of syllabus and pedagogy
  • lack of proper infrastructure (library, canteen)
  • Inadequate facilities ( water, power, sanitation,
    library)
  • Transparency in exam Evaluation
  • Absence of placement cell
  • unfavourable student teacher ratio
  • Research about students issues
  • Poster, pamphlets and signature campaign
  • RTI action club
  • Using cultural events to propagate action
  • Formation of LYF Club that takes up students'
    issues
  • Stakeholder awareness Interaction and meetings
    with unions and faculty
  • Discussion groups
  • Web based campaign

16
Outreach of more than 400 in 3 months
17
Web Resources
  • LYF website, www.lyfindia.org as comprehensive
    liberal resource
  • 1. Downloadable resources developed by LYF
  • compendium on campus politics
  • liberal articles and documentaries in
    different languages
  • training kits for liberalism workshops
  • 2. Live discussion forum/Polls on critical
    issues
  • 3. Profiles of young change makers

start SIZE . DIVERSITY . HISTORY.
POLITICAL SYSTEM . REFORMS. OPPORTUNITIES
GAPS. LYF . end
18
Our Partners

Centre for Civil Society (CCS)
Third Wheel Project
http//www.indiafnfalumni.org/
Law, Liberty and Livelihood Project
www.livelihoodfreedom.in
http//www.pratigya.in/
19
SCOT Analysis of LYF
  • Strengths
  • Well-connected with established, thought leaders
    such as FNF and CCS
  • Legally registered Trust
  • Semi-formal network of local chapters already
    established through individual NGOs, freedom
    groups, graduates of CCS programs across India
    and our LYF founders
  • Pool of professionals with diverse strengths and
    skill-sets that we can leverage
  • Challenges
  • All LYF Core members are either students or
    working professionals and are providing their
    time to LYF on a voluntary basis.
  • We do not have a Secretariat with a committed
    staff member who can oversee the coordination
  • Funding available is only for programs and not
    supporting the administration
  • Network members have varying views on the liberal
    issues that we have no common cause except
    liberty in general.
  • Opportunities
  • Youth initiative and there is a tremendous scope
    to work at the national, regional and
    international levels.
  • Current colleges and universities dont have many
    activities to unite the youth towards common
    ideologies
  • We already have a democratic eco-system in India. 
  • Threats
  • Awareness and understanding of liberal concepts
    and solutions is minimal in India

20
Other Liberal Youth Organisations
International Federation of Liberal Youth
Institute of Humane Studies
21
Working with youth
  • How to make youth aware about issues?
  • How to integrate program with their education or
    career aims?
  • How to deal with sifting attention spans. A
    mobile generation?
  • How to gather funding for grassroots projects?
  • How to cope up with the digital divide?
  • Learning-oriented mindset
  • Energetic
  • High stickiness of ideas
  • Seek socialization and hence greater spread of
    ideas

22
The Future Possibilities
  • Actively incubating and mentoring Liberal Youth
    Clubs in India encouraging them to take up
    projects around entrepreneurship and benefits of
    market economy
  • Translation of liberal texts in Indian languages
  • Understanding and awareness of ideas of economic
    freedom is very low, especially among youth
  • Can we encourage faculty/ students to take up
    research work?
  • Can we demystify economic freedom for them
    student documentaries? Essays? Art? Theater?
  • Can we translate materials in Indian languages?

23
The Future
We cannot always build the future for our youth,
but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin Roosevelt
24
Thank you! Feedback and questions are welcome.

Acknowledgements Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für
die Freiheit Centre for Civil Society Atlas
Foundation
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