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Global Youth Culture

Do you feel part of an emerging global youth culture? If so, how is it affecting you and others in your community, country and region? What factors influence your sense of identity and belonging? How has technology and new media shaped your understanding of global culture? In what ways do you promote dialogue and understanding among youth in your region and around the world?

If you are a young person between the ages of 16-32, we invite you to share your thoughts on what Global Youth Culture means to you!

Key Dates

The contest opens on 10 March and will close on 10 April, 2010

Sub-Themes

Global Culture and Values: Do you think that there is an emerging common set of global values and if so, how would you define them? Are we heading in a direction towards increased individualism or a shared common humanity?

Local Culture vs Global Culture: Do you feel that local cultures are being threatened by a dominant global culture or is a new global culture rooted and created on the basis of diverse and converging local influences? Is your world view influenced more by your regional outlook, local community or global network?

Global Youth Culture and Social Media: How has the wide-spread access to digital social media influenced and shaped the world views of youth? Has interconnectivity led to greater intercultural communications and dialogue or are the gaps of understanding widening?

General Requirements:

TakingITGlobal/Youth for Change members between the ages 16-32 from all countries, with a particular focus on youth in the MENA region.

Participants can submit different types of writing (article/poem/short story) in Arabic, English and French.

Only original work that has not been published elsewhere before will be accepted

All participants should agree to grant TakingITGlobal and the partners a non-exclusive license to copy, digitize, store, distribute, publish, display, stream, advertise, promote or otherwise use all or part of their submissions in connection with the contest.

Articles should not be less than 350 words and not more than 700 words
Poems should not be more than 450 words
Short stories should not be less than 250 words

Prizes:

Writing Contest

Arabic:
1st Winner-Digital Camera
2nd Winner-Ipod Shuffle
3rd Winner-Webcam/computer accessory

English
1st Winner-Digital Camera
2nd Winner-Ipod Shuffle
3rd Winner-Webcam/computer accessory

French
1st Winner-Digital Camera
2nd Winner-Ipod Shuffle
3rd Winner-Webcam/computer accessory

All winners will also receive certificates and be featured on the partners’ websites (TakingITGlobal, InfoMall, WupY).

Winning and top entries will also be featured in a publication as well as showcased at the World Youth Congress in Istanbul-Turkey and Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria- Egypt!

Selection committee & process

The committee will include a representative from Youth for Change partner organizations as well as an intercultural jury of peer youth who are experts in the field of writing and art. The committee will review the submissions and announce the winners in May 2010. Once a decision has been made the 9 winners in the writing contest and the 3 from the art contest will receive an e-mail to notify them about the results.

Members of the jury:

Arabic Contest

Samar Samir Mezghanni (Tunisia) http://profiles.tigweb.org/tayta

Eiad Shurbaji (Syria) http://profiles.tigweb.org/eiadsyria

Ali Al-Adawy (Egypt) http://profiles.tigweb.org/3li

English Contest

Katherine Walraven (Canada) http://profiles.tigweb.org/kagawa

Wiaam Youssef (Syria) http://profiles.tigweb.org/Wiaamj

Ayman el Hakea (Egypt) http://profiles.tigweb.org/aymanelhakea


French

Pascal Bekono (Cameroon) http://profiles.tigweb.org/guil

Yassir El Ouarzadi (Canada) http://profiles.tigweb.org/yassirovich

Fatma Farhat (Tunisia) http://profiles.tigweb.org/FatmaFarhat

For further information please contact: Tala Nabulsi [email protected]

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