EdgeRyders is a joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, and has been described as ‘the largest think-tank in the world’ where young Europeans are collaborating and sharing experiences about what it means to transition to an independent, active life.

Alberto Cottica and Lyne Robichaud from the EdgeRyders team discuss how the project’s combination of social technologies and open conversation with ethnographic analysis is revealing new ways for Government to design policies and programs not just for young people, but also for society at large.

It turns out, quite unsurprisingly really, that issues tend to be quite tightly connected to each other, so using an exploration system like EdgeRyders means the conversation spills over policy silo walls.

About Alberto Cottica

Alberto is an economist, musician and citizen in no particular order. He is a policy expert at the Council of Europe, lead of the EdgeRyders initiatives as well as an author covering the frontiers of collaboration between citizens and their governments.

About Lyne Robichaud

Passionate about open government for several years, Lyne is an analyst and web project manager, and has been an “Engagement Manager” for Edgeryders since its inception. In February 2012, she joined the 2.0 Committee of the Institute for Consciousness Research, whose mission is to raise awareness that science is about to make a monumental breakthrough, which will help to unlock a new real human potential.

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