Our Method

The task of the conferences is to single out challenges for the open democratic society and to develop policy proposals for dealing with the challenges. After the conferences, the proposals are developed in the “IYTT Bottom-Up Policy Advise Loop”. Through the loop the Youth Fellows learn and develop their policy proposals by open deliberations with decision makers, scholars, peers in the IYTT European Youth Panel, and laymen.

Commissioned research overviews reveal the state of knowledge with relevance to the policy proposals. In dialogue with the author, the Youth Fellows contribute to the focus, delimitation, and reporting of the research overviews in the form of working papers. Based on the working papers, the Youth Fellows develop their original policy proposals into draft policy briefs. Embedding the core ideas of the policy drafts in another layer, we then bring in additional ideas from the IYTT European Youth Panel. To finally give the proposals a broader popular embeddedness, the Youth Fellows organize local study circles around Europe to which laymen and peers are invited to discuss the proposals of the policy briefs drafts. The ending result is policy briefs which are published on the IYTT’s website and presented in public seminars.

The first policy advise loop is currently running. American postdoc Jon Geib addresses one of the policy proposals from IYC2019: “Reviving the Democratic Tree. Enhancing Participation and Accountability of our Leaders”, focusing the proposal’s ideas on promoting participation through local assemblies and on promoting accountability through national civic committees. A second policy advise loop has recently started. British research fellow Joshua Habgood-Coote will address one of the policy proposals from IYC2020: “A Global Charter for Truth”, focusing the proposal’s ideas on internationally granted journalistic immunity, trademarking to hold companies accountable for the information they distribute, and clarification and transparency on the data ownership as well as de-commodification of users by tech companies.