Just had a great Skype meeting with a couple of people working on participation elsewhere in Europe. One was in Madrid, but about to move to Kraków, the other in Milan but about to move to Abruzzo. Neither of these moves, or the fact that I was in Brighton, disrupted the planning we were doing for a joint project. In fact, it just led to suggestions of people we should meet elsewhere in Europe.

It made me think that this sort of social technology (and events like Edgeryders, where the three of us met) is making transnational collaboration and network-building so much easier. People in Brussels sometimes talk about the “Erasmus Generation” (those who did university study exchanges in the 80’s and 90’s) as the core of a new European social and political identity.

I think the “Hangouts Generation” might well overtake them.



Written by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.