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The Tincon is aimed at young people between the ages of 13 and 21; older adults should consciously stay outside. What will happen at the convention?
A whole lot. At TINCON, young people with great ideas, who are committed to very different things that are important to them, meet. Many are super idealistic and motivated - and just have a great desire to exchange ideas and spend time together. Be it in workshops, talk sessions and in the gaming area.
Which topics are currently important to young people?
An important and much discussed point is the subject of "Mental Health". A lot is shown and told about the good life in social networks. But who will help me when I feel bad? How and where can I communicate about problems? What can I do for my mental health? Many young people are concerned about these questions, which is why TINCON also has talks and sessions on escapism, real life, digital ethics and the feeling of being marginalized and discriminated against for various reasons.
Topics such as environmental protection and sustainability are also very popular. The younger generation knows pretty well that they will be feeling the effects of climate change and ongoing environmental pollution. And they don't care. Therefore, many young people are currently asking themselves: What can I do? How can I influence my consumer behavior, for example by adopting a vegan lifestyle or avoiding plastic?
To what extent do politics and political education play a role among young people - also at TINCON?
I think that young people are generally interested in politics. You are only sometimes bored with day-to-day political business. Or they feel they are not being taken seriously by politicians because hardly anyone listens to them and really stands up for them and their issues. The young people often conclude that they have to take care of that themselves. And they show an incredible amount of enthusiasm.
For example, the student Thilo Buchholz, who is promoting his idea of a European community service at TINCON. According to his idea, every European citizen should spend several months in another European country after completing school and pursue an activity that is meaningful for society. In Thilo's opinion, this would lead to a real sense of community and thus to a united Europe.
How and where do young people find out about topics that are relevant to them?
Of course also on the internet. Many of them form or search for specific communities on the topics they are interested in, collect information there collaboratively and exchange ideas. Certain influencers are more likely to be listened to and followed, but an active exchange is extremely important for the young people. And by the way, it takes place in classrooms and with friends even without the Internet.
What are currently the greatest challenges for young people in our society?
I don't think the challenges have changed much in the past few years: Many young people are concerned with questions such as “Who am I, where do I stand, who do I want to be?”.
The current young generation is growing up in stability and security. For them, democracy and freedom are a matter of course. I think it is a task and a challenge for all of us to convey the importance of democracy and freedom and to show that these achievements are a great privilege for a society.
What are the strengths of the younger generation?
If something is really important to young people, then they are committed to it. Then they become active and strong, both for themselves and for others. To arouse their interest in socially relevant topics, conferences like TINCON are ideal. Here the young people can exchange, inform and inspire in a protected environment. And those who are interested in what they are dealing with - and that should actually be as many actors as possible - should listen carefully. Adults are also allowed at the convention on Sunday, otherwise there is a lot of content to look up on the website and online.
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