The Politics Project deliver digital surgeries at WIRED Next Generation festival

 

Last weekend on Saturday 3 November 2018 we ran two workshops at WIREDUK’s ‘Next Generation’ festival. Taking place over one day in the Tate Modern’s ‘The Tanks’ space, Next Generation brings together young people aged 13 - 19 to learn about and engage with all things science and tech.

 
 
 Hattie asking students at WIREDNextGen for the first word that comes to mind when they hear the word ‘politician’

Hattie asking students at WIREDNextGen for the first word that comes to mind when they hear the word ‘politician’

 
 


The workshops attendees received the full Digital Surgeries experience, with the first half of the session focussed on hearing the students’ views on politics before helping them construct their questions.

Our first surgery was with Councillor Timothy Barnes, who represents the West End ward in London’s Westminster City Council, and discussed the role played by tech in the 2016 EU referendum and nature of his work as a councillor.

 
 
 Councillor Timothy Barnes answering questions from students at WIRED Next Generation

Councillor Timothy Barnes answering questions from students at WIRED Next Generation

 
 
 
 

Our second session was with Darren Jones MP, Member of Parliament for Bristol North West. Darren was asked about his use of tech as a method for engaging with his constituents, and was met with a brilliant range of questions including whether or not there should be a maximum age’ for voters!

Following on from his surgery, Darren tweeted the following about his Digital Surgeries experience:

 
 
 
Josh Dell