Hidden Assets: Young Professionals in Knowledge Networks

By Terri Willard, Heather Creech, Victoria Cole, Carolee Buckler on January 10, 2002
One of the key components of sustainable development is a conscious consideration of the needs of future generations. Today's young people will ultimately bear the responsibility for implementing the policies and programs necessary for sustainable development. New approaches must be found to engage them in solving the challenges we face, and in contributing to policies and directions for the future. We have found that by far the best way to engage young people is to give them the opportunity to work on the issues within the contexts of knowledge networks.

This paper seeks to examine more closely the roles that young professionals play in knowledge networks; determine what their contributions are; determine what they gain from the network experience; uncover obstacles to their work; and make recommendations to strengthen their participation.

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IISD, 2002