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SDDP Uniting for Citizenship and participation- Obstacles
SDDP Uniting for Citizenship and participation- Obstacles
Report Title Report of Cyprus SDDP Co-Laboratory
Triggering Question What are the challenges faced within the European youth environment with respect to cultural diversity, discrimination and social exclusion, as well as active participation of less privileged youth?
Project UCYVROK - Uniting for Citizenship and Participation
Author(s) Larry Fergeson
Tatjana Taraszow
Yiannis Laouris
Editor(s) Yiannis Laouris
Total Duration 156.25 person hrs
Statistics Participants=12
Number of ideas=60
Number of Clusters=6
Ideas received Votes=25
Ideas on MAP R=22
Spreathink ST=
Situational Complexity SCI=
Dates 17- 18 March, 2008
Link Cyprus Final Report



Executive Summary

This interactive workshop based on the Structured Dialogic Design Process (SDDP) was organised as part of the project “Uniting for Citizenship and participation: Youth promoting Vulnerable group’s Rights, Opportunities and Knowledge (UCYVROK)”. The main aim of this project is to inform and mobilise young individuals from less privileged groups and actively promote youth citizenship. The project also aims at promoting feelings of solidarity, communication and understanding among youths of Europe and together work towards promoting European cooperation. The project engages stakeholders to exchange expertise and share best practices of youth organisations working on issues of cultural diversity, human rights, inclusion, empowerment and active citizenship. The main goal is to develop a joint vision of European Youth based on generally abiding principles of human rights, inclusion and cultural diversity. The project team will also develop a Joint Action Plan encouraging increased participation of less privileged youth in European led activities.


The Triggering Question (TQ) was:
What are the challenges faced within the European youth environment with respect to cultural diversity, discrimination and social exclusion, as well as active participation of less privileged youth?

In response to the TQ1, the 12 participants came up with 60 characteristics, which were categorized in 6 clusters. Following the voting process, 25 ideas received one or more votes and were structured to create the influence MAP shown below.


MAP for UCYVROK Cyprus workshop.
Influence tree from the Characteristics SDDP of the UCYVROK Cyprus TQ.


According to the participants of this workshop, appear to be the most influential were:

  • Characteristic #43, Activities offered by organizations are more based on fashion than social analysis
  • Characteristic #45, Lack of a coherent strategy for youth at local and also different levels
  • Characteristic #15, Lack of sufficient language skills to participate in European projects

The workshop was facilitated by Yiannis Laouris, Tatjana Taraszow, and Mary Ioannou. The workshop was attended by 12 participants from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Germany, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy, Cyprus and Spain. In sum, the participants of the dialogue reported their satisfaction that their voices have been heard and documented and communicated their expectations for follow-up activities to address the diagnosis of their needs.

The project Uniting for Citizenship and Participation: Youth promoting Vulnerable Groups, Rights, Opportunities and Knowledge (UCYVROK) was co-funded by the European Union, Youth in Action Programme. The coordinating organisation of this project is the Future Worlds Center.
The project’s partner organisations are:

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