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English CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum Discussion Guide

English CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum Discussion Guide

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CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum “discussion guide” v 1.0
 
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CrowdOutAIDS discussion guide
Welcome to the CrowdOutAIDS open forum! Before we get going, I’m going to run you through some ground rules for this succession here are a few things that can help our discussion run smoothly: 
 
Be respectful: 
 
no name-calling or abusive language no emotional outbursts, no accusations.
 
There is no right or wrong answers. We expect, hope for and enjoy differing points of view. Please feel free to share your point of view even if it differs from what others have said.
 
Be honest. We are just as interested in negative comments as positive comments.
 
No arguments directed at people – only at ideas and opinions 
.
 
Disagreement should be respectful – no ridicule.
 
Don’t interrupt 
. Listen to the whole of others’ thoughts – actually listen,rather than just running over your own response in your head.
 
Respect the group’s time 
. Try to keep your comments reasonably shortand to the point, so that others have a chance to respond.
 
Feel free to follow up on other people’s comments you can agree,disagree, give an example, etc….
 
 
 
Regardless of age, experience, education or position, remember that in this forum you are all experts and all of you have important perceptions that need to be expressed 
 
Everyone is responsible for following and upholding the ground rules 
.
Our discussion today will take about 2 hours. I am here to ask questions, listen,clarify and summarize the discussion. If you forget one of these rules I may remind you. If you are dominating the conversation I may ask you to give other people a chance. Our note-taker for the discussion today is_____ who will take notes, record important points, questions for further discussion, areas of agreement or disagreement, etc. May I have your permission to write notes on our discussion? To give you a short background, CrowdOutAIDS is a project developed by the United Nations AIDS programme, the UNAIDS Secretariat. UNAIDS mandate is to coordinate, lead, inform and advocate in the AIDS response.CrowdOutAIDS is a collaborative project where young people around the world are invited to give their perspective on how they think a UN organization like UNAIDS can work more effectively with young people. This is happening both online and through offline Open Forums like the one we have here today.
 
CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum “discussion guide” v 1.0
 
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In our discussion today, we will talk about a few different themes that have been predefined by UNAIDS with feedback from representatives of youth networks.My responsibility as the volunteer will be to facilitate the discussion and report back to the CrowdOutAIDS team. The team will then publish the report of our Forum on their website, and include the recommendations in the strategy development process. They have also asked us to think of a creative way to capture the moment photos, video or audio of our group. Do I have your permission to take photos/video/audio/film.If you have not already, be sure to sign the contact sheet, has anyone not signed up? Ok, let’s get going! 
 
CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum “discussion guide” v 1.0
 
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Theme 1: Youth engagement and leadership
Theme Introduction 
The first topic for discussion is focused around what youth engagement and youth leadership is, and some of the challenges and opportunities that young people have in our community to get involved.
1.1 What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear organizations,government bodies and the UN talking about youth leadership and engagement?
If only negative perspectives If only positive perspectives
Can you think of anything that has workedwell?Can you think of something that has notworked so well?
1.2 In your country can you think of current examples where youth perspectiveshave been well-represented?
If No If Yes
What reasons can you think of to explain this? For example in community organizations,government, health care organizations, and/orUN agencies?What role did young people play?What was particularly good about the wayyouth perspectives were represented?
1.3 What are some of the common mistakes that are made when organizationsor governments work with young people?
o
Can you share some specific examples?
o
Any issues between youth and non-youth when working together?
1.4 What challenges do you see in our community for young people to beleaders of social change?
o
Is there a challenge in lack of experience among young people?
o
Do you have access to and information about where decisions are made in yourcommunity?
o
Are there any social norms that act as barriers (gender, religion, etc.)
o
Other
1.5 Alright imagine for a moment that Ban ki-moon (UN Secretary-General) walksinto this room and he tells you that he has a big meeting in five minutes andneeds you to come up with some key principles that should be respected whenthe UN/Governments/non-governmental organization work with young people.What do we tell him?

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